HEARTLAND FLOOD: Heavy rains add to high-water threats in the metro

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Heavy rains across the metro Thursday morning added to the ongoing flooding threat as the Missouri River continued to swell.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, a breach occurred at the Vanman levee, flooding nearby farmland and potentially impacting four homes, said Doug Reed, Pottawattamie County Emergency Management director. Affected residents were alerted last night, he said.

Area roadways are at risk as the waters continue to rise, and the breach compounds the amount of water heading toward Interstate 29, Reed said. Officials are advising travelers use caution.

A Flash Flood Warning is currently in effect for Douglas, Sarpy, Pottawattamie, Saunders, Mills County until Sep 19 11 a.m. [ ALERTS | RADAR ]

6 News confirmed flooding around Eighth Street and Riverfront Drive as lightning strikes punctuated the morning storm. The National Weather Service tweeted there were more than 100 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes within a five-minute period.

A 6 News crew at the I-80 and I-680 interchage found that the northbound exit toward Honey Creek was closed shortly before 6 a.m. due to high water. A nearby field was fully flooded with the water continuing to rise.

In addition to travel troubles, the Omaha Public Power District and MidAmerican Energy both reported outages Thursday morning.