Floods Hammer Parts of Iowa – More Rain Looming
Stalled cars and water-covered roadways were all too common in the Omaha, Nebraska metropolitan area on Wednesday morning as record rainfall doused the area.
Omaha’s Eppley Airfield saw its sixth-rainiest day on record, with 5.24″ of rain on Wednesday alone as of 4pm CDT – nearly double the city’s typical September rainfall of 2.68″. The Omaha World-Herald reported that 21 flights were delayed as a result of the rainfall as well.
24 hour precipitation ending at 7 am 9/23/2015. pic.twitter.com/Cj1catMG0l
— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) September 23, 2015
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Worse yet, nearby Council Bluffs, Iowa saw nearly eight inches of rain, leading to a disaster of a Wednesday morning commute for the adjacent cities.
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At one point, over 5,000 were without power in Omaha and Council Bluffs combined.
Heavy rain & high winds caused outages in #CouncilBluffs this morning. Power restored for all customers as of 10:05 a.m.
— MidAmerican Energy (@MidAm_EnergyCo) September 23, 2015
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Public schools were closed in Council Bluffs on Wednesday due to the heavy rainfall and the widespread flooding.
A stalled front over the region has triggered slow-moving, potent thunderstorms that caused the heavy flash flooding. Since the front is still draped across the area, more storms are likely into Thursday morning, bringing the continued threat for more flooding.
Watch the Flooding
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Chris Bianchi