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The Latest: Shelters opened in wake of flooding near Kearney

July 9, 2019

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in south-central Nebraska (all times local):

3 p.m.

Shelters and temporary housing are being provided to those affected by flash flooding in south-central Nebraska.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney announced Tuesday it is offering dorm space as temporary housing for people affected in Kearney and surrounding communities. The university is also working with nearby hotels to relocate and house hundreds of travelers who were evacuated.

The American Red Cross also has opened a shelter inside Lexington High School. The shelter will provide safe place to sleep, hot meals and referrals to community services.

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8 a.m.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for a section of south-central Nebraska after an overnight deluge.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that up to 9 inches (22.9 centimeters) of rain fell in some spots from storms that struck Buffalo, Dawson, Kearney and Phelps counties. The service says the worst of the flash flooding likely has abated, but flooding is expected along the Platte and other rivers as the storm runoff moves downstream.

Firefighters in Kearney have been rescuing people stranded by street flooding. No injuries have been reported. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office reports several vehicles are stalled in high water on U.S. Highway 30 in Lexington.

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