Heavy rains in Lancaster County cause flooding

By: Brittany Parisbparis@klkntv.com

As the rain came down, the flood waters went up.

Lancaster County saw about two months worth of rain in just one day. The area got anywhere between five and even as high as eight inches of water.

“To put it into perspective, the amount of water that we saw just in the Lincoln city limits is equivalent of the entire Niagara Falls flow for three and a half hours. If it were snow, it would’ve been between 3.5 and 6.5 feet,” Luke Dorris, Channel 8 Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist, said.

Overnight, vehicles got struck in the flood waters, trapping drivers in their cars.

One group had to push their car out near North 48th and Cornhusker Highway. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Joshua Busby works at Lenco in Waverly. He said they used buckets to clear the parking lot so employees could leave Tuesday night.

“The parking lot was flooded real bad. We had like 5 gallon buckets dumping them out. A lot of people had to go home early,” Busby said.

But the roads weren’t much better Wednesday morning. And area creeks were full, many pouring over their banks.

“It’s been years since we’ve seen Salt Creek this high and some of the water problems,” Sheriff Terry Wagner, Lancaster County, said.

Cornhusker Highway was closed between 84th and 112th Street, opening back up around 10:00 a.m. Some drivers had to go miles out of their way.

“We just went down to the Greenwood exit, come back round, it’s probably 25–6 miles out of the way. Probably a half hour longer,” Randy Erickson, Carroll, said.

Lancaster Auto Auction’s parking lot looked more like a lake, with water up to the bumpers on some vehicles.

Deputies say it’s important to be cautious when driving.

“Don’t driver through water of the road way. That’s a recipe for disaster,” Wagner said.

He said you could be washed off the roadway or even drown.

“You just have no idea how deep the water is or how fast or swift it may be,” Wagner said.

Most of the roads are back open by now. The good news is there haven’t been any reports of serious injuries.