The Iowa National Guard rescued 24 children and a school bus driver Monday morning in Council Bluffs. Between 4 to 6 inches of rain once again hammered the community causing flooded streets. The school bus stalled while trying to drive through four-feet of water. When the National Guard arrived, they were loaded into a transport truck and taken to safety.
City Public Information Officer Don Gross says street flooding was a common site earlier today in the western part of the city. City officials did request residents in that part of town to stay in their homes until the water cleared. Two homes totaling five people were evacuated from the Playland Park area. The basement of one home collapsed.
Gross says the Council Bluffs Public Works Department will concentrate today on maintaining the permanent pumping station and making sure the temporary pumps continue to clear flooded streets.
Gross says the good news is the levee protecting the city from the flooded Missouri River is holding. They continue to monitor the levee protecting the city daily and will do so until the water recedes, possibly later this month.
The Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter this morning at the Community of Christ Church for anyone impacted by the flood.
The storm passed through the Omaha-metro area around 3 Monday morning. Parts of Omaha, Council Bluffs, Bellevue and Bennington were hit with two-inch hail. Many broken windows are reported.
Several streets in eastern Omaha area were closed due to street flooding and the parking lots near the Century Link Center were under water. Pumps are also working hard to get the water out of T-D Ameritrade Ballpark.