Severe storms rolled into eastern Nebraska and western Iowa Tuesday afternoon, packing quite a punch. Large hail, strong winds and torrential rain were reported leaving a path of destruction
Several people were rescued when their cars became stuck in the rising water near Saddle creek and Dodge. Many other metro area streets were also flooded. Many flights at Eppley Airfield were canceled Tuesday and flooding was reported in the parking garage.
There was also a dramatic rescue in north Omaha after several people were trapped in their homes by the rising flood waters. Police spokesman James Shade said rescue boats were used to get to the people in the low-lying area near 16th and Ames Avenue.
A 95-year-old woman in a wheelchair was among those rescued. A shelter has been opened for evacuees at the Florence Community Center.
Windows were broken in homes in Ft. Calhoun and there was a lot of property damage reported in one location near Underwood, Iowa. Metropolitan Utilities District crews shut down and secured the natural gas system which serves Fort Calhoun after a drainage culvert collapsed and took out a steel gas main.
M.U.D says 600-650 customers are without service until construction crews can repair the main. Repairs are estimated to be completed by 4 p.m. Wednesday. After repairs are made, field service representatives will go door to door and relight customers' pilot lights.