Severe Storms Lead To Omaha/Council Bluffs Flooded Streets; Power Outages

Slow moving, severe thunderstorms rumbled through Eastern Nebraska into Southwest Iowa, including the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro, Saturday evening, putting on a show of natural light and sound, plus hail and very heavy rains.

The rains have caused dangerous flooding, including low-lying urban areas, leading to numerous police and fire rescue calls to help stranded motorists.

Many reports of urban flooding came from the downtown Omaha area where streets became rivers and streams. The rainwater also rose at a location always susceptible to urban flooding: Saddle Creek Road and 50th Street in Central Omaha.

Flood warnings are in effect for the area for the overnight hours.

The storms also caused thousands of power outages, coming on the heels of the outages so many dealt with last month after a historic windstorm.

Thousands of OPPD customers are without power in mainly Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, and Cass Counties. "MidAmerican Energy" crews are also dealing with outages in Council Bluffs.

(Pictures from Getty Images)

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