Heavy rain flooded streets in North Platte Monday night, dropping more than two inches within 90 minutes or so.
The Bulletin’s rain gauge near the middle of town recorded a total of 3.5 inches of rainfall Monday. Some of that fell during the afternoon from 2-4 p.m.
The rain Monday night was heavier than the afternoon storm. It started around 9 p.m. and stopped around 10:30 p.m.
Rainfall totals varied widely. The National Weather Service in North Platte recorded a total of 1.4 inches Monday at the airport.
Rains were heavier in the areas of Cozad, Lexington and Kearney. More than five inches was reported by a Lexington resident. The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Lexington High School in response to flooding in the area.
Streets and intersections were flooded in Kearney on both sides of I-80, the Nebraska State Patrol said. As much as nine inches fell there, according to an unofficial source.
The main I-80 exit into Kearney was closed because of water and westbound I-80 traffic in that area was bumper to bumper by noon Tuesday, a motorist told the Bulletin.
U.S. Highway 30 was closed Monday morning from Kearney to Elm Creek because of high water.
Rainfall was heavy from Lexington to Eustis. South of Cozad, the boat dock at Gallagher Canyon was underwater, but the campground was still high and dry, the Game and Parks Commission reported.
The Game and Parks service center in Kearney, as well as recreation areas in that area, closed from high water, the commission said.
Many central Nebraska roadways were flooded, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said at 11:30 a.m.
More road closures can be expected as water continues to move through the central region of the state, NDOT said.
(This report was updated at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.)