Kearney-area flooding prompts evacuations

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KEARNEY, Neb. (WOWT) -- Rising floodwaters prompted evacuations in areas of Kearney on Tuesday afternoon.

Hotels in Kearney were being evacuated Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (Courtesy of City of Kearney)

Buffalo County Emergency Management also said Tuesday that homes in Kearney were reporting flooded basements and that some homes were being evacuated.


Amtrack reported two trains were stuck in Nebraska — one in McCook and another in Lincoln — because of the flooding.

Highway 30 was closed in both directions due to flooding Monday night through Tuesday morning from Kearney to Elm Creek. Kearney Police are urging motorists to avoid traveling to the area and to check 511 Nebraska if you need to be out.

The city of Kearney has also closed the exit to Second Avenue as well as Yanney Park and the Peterson Activity Center on the southwest side of town, according to the state roads department.

According to a KSNB reporter, that water is also covering parts of I-80 between Kearney and Odessa.

The University of Kearney offered temporary housing for area flood victims and was working with nearby hotels to relocate and house hundreds of travelers who were evacuated.

In nearby Lexington, 23 people were receiving Red Cross assistance after their apartment building flooded.

From Monday night to Tuesday morning, Kearney received more than 4 inches of rain, affecting Lexington, Dawson, Gosper, and Buffalo counties.

Officers assisted with at least 25 stranded motorists overnight, according to a tweet from the Kearney Police Chief Bryan Waugh.

Officers encourage people to keep away from flooded areas for their own safety and to allow for first responders to do their jobs.

According to a tweet from the City of Kearney, evacuations are underway and there is a bus transporting to the Kearney Salvation Army.

The National Weather Service in Hastings tweeted out a 24-hour rain report showing some areas receiving more than 10 inches of rain as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.


KSNB Local 4 tweeted an aerial photo of Buffalo County this morning.



Anyone who wants to make a donation to assist Kearney-area flood victims are encouraged to do so via the Kearney Area Community Foundation's website

KOLN and KSNB contributed to this report.