Southwest Nebraska can’t seem to get a break from this spring’s severe weather. Overnight, the region was hit with tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding. Chase County Sheriff Tim Sutherland says the damage was mostly in rural areas. He says a farmstead near Champion was hit by an apparent twister, causing heavy damage to a garage, a shed and several trees, but the house is okay with some roof damage and no one was hurt.
A tornado was reported on the ground just outside of Wauneta, just southeast of Imperial. Sheriff Sutherland said tornadoes and high winds were only part of the story last night as he says there are reports of hail near Champion as large as softballs and baseballs, with damage to the windows of some homes and vehicles. Sutherland says there’s a lot of mess to clean up in Champion and Wauneta. He says there’s a lot of broken glass and tree debris but fortunately, no injuries were reported.
With the saturated soil and rivers and streams pushing out of their banks, flood warnings are up for many parts of southwest Nebraska. Palisade firefighter Rodney Hunt says Hayes County got hit pretty hard as well, with softball-sized hail which damaged up to 60-percent of the area’s crops, along with a lot of roofs, building windows and car windows. Hunt said the windshield in one of the Palisade fire trucks was even busted out.
Thanks to Josh Mackey, KOGA, Ogallala