Storms Leave Flooding Across Metro

After parts of the area got two to four inches of rain overnight, creeks like the Papio were swollen Thursday morning.

Many like Laura Higginbotham had to come up along the Keystone Trail to see the Papio for themselves.

Higginbotham says it was way beyond the norm. “Oh not like this. This is normally really low. This is really far up and out of its banks quite honestly. I haven't seen it like this in a long time," she said.

So much rain caused a lot of flooding in homes too. A homeowner we visited near 114th and Francis had to take action and protect his window wells with a tarp. Inside the house, Shamrock Waterproofing was at work, jackhammering the floors in order to drain the water below.

Dave Jeffers, the owner, says he hasn't stopped since the rains came. “Busy. Hectic actually. Racing from point A to point B. At this point, the ground has become so saturated because of heavy rainfalls, it simply can't take anymore," he said.

When the ground water does make it out, some ends up in creeks like the Papio.

Higginbotham was so shocked by the size of the creek that she had to get video of the event. “Wow! That's why I stopped. I had to actually get out of my car and take a look at it instead of just passing over the bridge. Curiosity got the best of me this morning," she said.

The water will eventually go down, but more rain means that will be a slow process.

WOWT 6 News talked to several waterproofing companies, as well as cleaning and restoration businesses today. Most of them are reporting a flood of phone calls since Thursday morning.


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