Wet Weather Taking a Toll on Metro

The rain keeps falling and there’s only so much the ground can take. It’s wet and some of that water is getting where it doesn’t belong.

Recent downpours have filled up local rivers, creeks and what used to be dry land.

Some of it is in Steve Reed’s backyard. Steve says recent rains have drilled a sinkhole into his property.

“OPPD - you can see the power cable box. Supposedly ran a new cable.

“We had the big rain here a couple of weeks ago and now it’s just extending farther and farther as you can see,” he said. “That’s our concern. It gets close to the foundation, house falls-in, OPPD builds me a new house I guess.”

Steve says the Omaha Public Power District told him they will repair the hole but first the ground has to dry-up, so he’s worried about more rain.

The recent downpours are also causing a problem inside. Thrasher Basement crews have been busy working to keep homes dry.

Thrasher’s Nick Roag said, “For the last month or so we've been getting a lot of calls all over our territory.”

Several homes are leaking at the bottom but there are ways to fight back until the work crews arrive.

Roag said, “Try to keep up on the clean-up and if there’s anything that can grow mold, try to remove those things. If there’s carpet or anything on the floor, try to get the carpet pulled back in a way the water’s not ruining it. If there’s any drywall getting wet, it’s best to get rid of that so mold doesn’t start to grow.”

What we really need is a break from all the rain.

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