Flood watch issued for areas of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa as rain is expected to continue

October 8, 2018

A flood watch has been issued for large portions of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa as rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches appear likely through Tuesday night.

“There is rain coming and there’s probably going to be quite a bit of it,” said meteorologist Tom Kines of AccuWeather. “By Wednesday morning, everybody in the area will have at least a couple of inches, and some areas may have 5 to 6 inches of rain.”

The heavy rain will increase the potential for river and stream flooding as well as flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service office in Valley. Residents should expect substantial rising water on area rivers and streams.

The flood watch will remain in effect through 7 a.m. Wednesday in the following Nebraska counties: Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Johnson, Lancaster, Madison, Otoe, Pawnee, Platte, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne. In Iowa, the watch area is made up of Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Chances for rain return Friday and Saturday.

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