Clay County left flooded after heavy rains

Road near Edgar is covered in water after heavy rains.
Road near Edgar is covered in water after heavy rains.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 9:15 PM CDT
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EDGAR, Neb. (KSNB) - Flooding hit central Nebraska once again after the city of Edgar saw about four inches rain in just two hours early Wednesday morning. The rain started around sunrise and by 8 a.m. there were already reports of flooding.

The flooding came less than a year after the county finished repairing damage after being left underwater several times last year. The road department spent hours marking areas that need to be repaired again.

“We were hoping for a better year this year but this water that came through is hitting the same areas that we invested in last year, repaired and even improved upon,” Clay County Emergency Manager Tim Lewis said. “When it comes this fast and this much, there’s nowhere for the water to go.”

The water may not look too deep on some of the roads anymore, but Lewis says there is still damage to the gravel roads and recommends drivers go slow and cautiously in the area.

“People have to drive close and be cautious because what you drove down last night tonight is completely different for traction,” he said. “Our highway department will be coming back trying to recover the gravel that was washed off to the side, pulling it out of the ditch if they can find it or bringing more gravel out to rebuild the road service.”

Lewis alerted the Thayer County Emergency Management team because he says the water may head there next.

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