Downpour Leaves Lasting Scars

It was a long night Friday as four to seven inches of rain fell in many parts of the metro. We’re still seeing the effects.

The Missouri River was already swollen even before Friday night's deluge.

So much rain in such a short period of time is taking its toll. A sinkhole formed in the middle of Saint Marys Avenue at 24th Street and it was still blocked off on Monday. It swallowed a sizeable portion of a car early Sunday morning.

Almost three days after the downpour, sump pumps were still getting a workout ridding basements of water.

A Bellevue the creek couldn't hold all the water. Large trees washed downstream coming to a stop by the 36th Street Bridge. State crews came by to make sure the road was still stable. It’s in good shape.

A couple miles away there is a clear indicator of the power of flash flooding. A memorial has been set up next the drainage ditch that took the life of 29-year-old David Farr Friday night. Witnesses said he got out of the car as it appeared the vehicle would be swallowed in the culvert. He did not resurface.

Several vehicles were caught in high water flooding the streets around the metro.

If it wasn't flooding, it was lightning in southwest Omaha.

David Tuttle said, "What I think it did is hit this tree, obviously, and either went down here and the branch there, struck the gutter and hit the cable down there."

But what happened outside doesn't compare to what happened inside the Tuttles’ home near 156th and Pacific around 1:30 Saturday morning. There are burn marks on the kitchen counter where lightning passed through the cable line. The force threw the tube TV onto the floor.

The family is fortunate the house didn’t catch fire but they believe some wiring will need to be replaced.


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