Southeast Nebraska at risk of flash flooding Wednesday

Southeast Nebraska at risk of flash flooding Wednesday
1 to 2 inches of heavy rain expected tonight through Wednesday, with locally higher amounts possible. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Wed Evening for parts of southeast NE. (National Weather Service)

Those living in low-lying and flood-prone areas of southeast Nebraska are paying attention to changing weather conditions.

Most of southeast Nebraska is at risk of flash flooding through Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Southeast Nebraska was under a flash flood watch.

Flooding is one of the deadliest forms of weather in Nebraska. A woman is still missing from Lincoln after being swept away by flash flooding there in 2015. And even places that don’t receive significant rain can be subject to deadly flooding. An elderly southeast Nebraska woman drowned in 2015 when upstream heavy rains swamped her riverside home.

Periods of heavy rain are expected through Wednesday evening, according to the weather service. About 1 inch to 2 inches is forecast, but more could fall in areas where thunderstorms occur.

The area at greatest risk is along and south of Interstate 80 in the southeast corner of the state. The flood risk extends south into Kansas and Missouri.

Additionally, the Missouri River at Brownville and Rulo is expected to rise to moderate flood stage in the days ahead.

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