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Storm causes lowland flooding, road damage in county

Water over Highway 39Severe storms that swept through Nebraska Thursday evening, May 29, caused mostly lowland flooding and some county road damage in Boone County.

However, neighboring Platte and Nance Counties suffered more severe flood damage. The accompanying photo shows a portion of Nebraska Highway 39 that was still underwater Friday evening. Flooding of a number of homes and businesses was reported in Platte Center, a small community north of Columbus, and severe tornado damage occurred in the Kearney and Aurora areas along Interstate 80.

In Boone County, rainfall amounts from the storm varied from 1 1/2 inches in the Albion area to as much as six inches in the St. Edward area, according to Bob Carey, county emergency manager. The Petersburg area received up to three inches of rainfall, and Highway 32 was closed for a time east of Petersburg Thursday night. Several county roads were also closed because of high water, and two county road bridges remained closed east and west of Albion early this week because the approaches were washed out. At least six center pivot irrigation systems were overturned in the southern portion of the county, and several farmstead outbuildings were also damaged. Straight line winds of up to 70 miles per hour were estimated during the storm, Carey said.

Read more in the Albion News Print Edition.