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More storms ahead for sopping wet eastern Nebraska

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 29, 2014 at 11:21 am •  Published: August 29, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Rain is falling and more is forecast for sopping wet eastern Nebraska, forecasters said Friday.

Nearly 9 inches has fallen in some areas over the past three days, temporarily cutting off roads in many towns and rural communities.

A National Weather Service advisory said a storm that dropped more than an inch on Polk and northern York counties Friday morning was drifting east, and that minor flooding was expected in the two counties. A gauge at the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District office in York said nearly 9 inches of rain had fallen there by Thursday morning, with more expected from Friday's line of storms.

The Saunders County Sheriff's Office said roads and highways in and out of Wahoo were no longer closed by flooding but that water was still standing at the Nebraska Highway 66 junction with the spur into Wahoo.

The heavy rain and runoff forced the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District to close Elkhorn River access sites in Douglas County.

"We are hoping for a reopening on Tuesday ... if the river returns to near-normal conditions," said district general manager John Winkler.

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