Heavy rain fell across much of drought-stricken southwest Nebraska overnight Thursday, weather officials said.

Some of it was too heavy.

Region 51 Emergency Manager Brandon Myers said the towns of Palisade and Stratton were partially flooded early Friday morning. A half-dozen or so residents in each town had to be rescued from their homes.

From 6-10 inches of rain fell in places, he said.

The National Weather Service told Myers that the storm cell stalled over the area during the night and remained there well into the morning. He said the rain stopped around noon Friday.

Myers said a bridge on the road between Wauneta and Max was heavily damaged. A railroad bridge near Palisade was also heavily damaged. High water swept at least two vehicles off the roads.

He said county roads were badly damaged in parts of four counties. Dundy and Hitchcock counties were the hardest hit. Some roads in Red Willow and Hayes counties also sustained heavy damaged.

Myers said the rain would ease the extreme drought in the area, but in the worst areas, much of the rain fell too hard and fast to soak in.

Photos * Hitchcock County News

Top photo * A badly damaged railroad bridge spanning the Frenchman Creek.

The top is all that can be seen Friday of a pickup in the ditch along Neb. Highway 61 between Benkelman and Enders. (Hitchcock County News)
The flooded parking lot Friday of a convenience store in Palisade. (Hitchcock County News)
The Muddy Creek lives up to its name Friday at the U.S. 34 bridge near Stratton. (Hitchcock County News)

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