National Weather Service damage assessment teams will be in Lincoln Tuesday. Van DeWald, lead meteorologist for the NWS Omaha-Valley Office, says they will survey the path of the reported tornado that touched down just before 5pm Monday.
“To look at the damage and maybe assess a path, maybe a length, and determine a rating for the tornados,” DeWald told Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Teams will also survey damage in the area of Nehawka, Nebraska, in eastern Cass County. At least one home was destroyed there while the homeowner rode out the tornado while holding onto a tree.
After the threat of tornados subsided, hail and rain became more severe inside Lincoln city limits Monday night.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews conducted several water rescues after cars became trapped in high waters.
Lincoln Police Captain Jeff Bucher told KLIN that LPD officers helped out with water rescues as well.
“Several officers did assist people by pushing vehicles out of the water,” Busher said.
Bucher says several roads remained closed Tuesday morning because of flooding, including 84th Street between Cornhusker Highway and Holdrege, and some other areas in east Lincoln.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews responded to several water rescue calls during the heavy rain Monday night as well.
But Batallion Chief Brad Thavenet told KLIN that most of those could have been prevented by safe driving practices.
“Most of it was people not adhering to the ‘turn around, don’t drown’ – trying to drive through moving water, which is very dangerous, because it doesn’t take much for your vehicle to hydroplane.”
Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management reports it will be doing damage assessments Tuesday as well.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this story.