Nebraska storms cause flooding, power outages
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:56
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding and power outages in Omaha, with the storms bringing down tree limbs and high waters stranding some motorists.
Omaha firefighters tell the World-Herald a woman and three children had to be rescued from a minivan, which was trapped under a bridge. In some places, manhole covers popped off because the runoff overwhelmed storm sewers. More than 1,300 residents were without electricity Tuesday night.
For about half an hour, the Douglas County 911 system also wasn't working properly. Mark Conrey, director of the 911 call center, says he'll be working to find out what happened.
The rains also led to the cancellation of Wednesday events at a Grand Island farm show. A Nebraska trooper says muddy conditions have made parking near the Husker Harvest Days inaccessible.
Gov. Heineman Reminds Nebraskans to Fly Flags at Half-Staff for Patriot Day
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:13
In anticipation of an expected Presidential Proclamation, Gov. Dave Heineman is directing that flags at all state buildings and facilities be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 11 in observance of Patriot Day.
“I hope all Nebraskans join me in remembering those we lost on September 11, 2001 and in honoring their sacrifices. As Americans, we are the envy of many throughout the world. We must always appreciate our freedoms,” Heineman commented.
The Patriot Day remembrance honors the victims lost in the 2001 terrorist strikes in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Nebraska residents are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff in recognition of Patriot Day.
South Dakota's governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff Thursday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that the flags remain at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset Thursday. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks. Sept. 11 has been designated as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.