Flooding Continues With More Rain Expected

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A flood warning remained in effect Sunday for the Big Blue River at Beatrice and near Barneston in Gage County.

More severe weather is possible across Nebraska and Iowa Sunday. The Weather Authority meteorologists say 4-8 inches of snow is possible in the Nebraska Panhandle by Sunday night with localized areas picking up a foot of the white stuff.

The body of an 86-year-old Fairbury, Nebraska woman was recovered from her flooded basement on Friday.

Officials had ordered evacuations of much of the city Thursday following the overnight deluge locally and upstream. A Fairbury Fire Department crew couldn't find Betty McMullen at her rural home when sent to evacuate her. Floodwater had surrounded the rural farm home and her basement was full.

Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen said rescue workers returned Friday to pump water from the basement. They soon found the body.

Rain reports from the Wednesday-Thursday overnight storms ranged from 5 to more than 10 inches in southeast Nebraska. Gov. Pete Ricketts has declared a state of emergency.

The storm system produced several tornadoes that swept through parts of southeast and south-central Nebraska. Most were small and tore through farmland, though several homes were reported damaged around Grand Island, Roseland and Hebron.

You can see the extent of the flooding in the accompanying pictures shot by Bryce Doeschot.