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From one end of the state to the other, a seemingly never-ending bout of thunderstorms battered homes and vehicles with large hail and dropped heavy rain that brought a renewed threat of spring flooding this week.

Moderate flooding was reported Tuesday evening along Lincoln Creek near Seward, the Little Nemaha River near Auburn and Wahoo Creek from Wahoo to Ashland, while intense storms dropping 5-7 inches of rain flooded county roads across a wide swath of Richardson County in far Southeast Nebraska.

The county's emergency manager reported as many as 20 roads under water in the Falls City, Humboldt and Verdon areas.

In the Lincoln area, minor flooding along Salt Creek shut down sections of Saltillo Road between U.S. 77 and 27th Street and also South 38th Street south of Roy Street in Roca.

In more rural parts of Lancaster County, recent rains led to several pipe culvert failures,  including one on Panama Road west of 148th Street, County Engineer Pam Dingman said.

The Lincoln Airport recorded more than an inch of rain between midnight and 9 a.m. Tuesday, but other areas of Lancaster County saw 2 inches of rain overnight — most of it associated with early-morning heavy rains that brought reports of flash flooding beginning at 5 a.m.

Tuesday marked the 18th day in May with measurable precipitation in Lincoln, and the city has now seen more than 7 inches for the month.

The Tuesday morning storms that moved into the Omaha area dropped hail and heavy rain that combined to look like drifts of snow in some areas. 

Across the state Monday night, hail the size of golf balls and even baseballs was reported in western Nebraska, battering holiday weekend travelers as they drove on Interstate 80 near Ogallala.

Tuesday evening, storms that moved north out of Kansas dropped large hail across sections of Jefferson and Gage counties.

All of that rain across the state renewed threats along the Missouri River, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that it will further increase its water releases from the Gavins Point Dam to 65,000 cubic feet per second Tuesday and 70,000 cfs Wednesday.

The weather service predicts that will cause the Missouri River, which remains above flood stage, to rise moderately south of Omaha.

By Tuesday evening, rising waters had already cut off U.S. 34 and Iowa 2, primary links in Southeast Nebraska to Interstate 29 in Iowa.

The Plattsmouth EMS Department said Tuesday afternoon on its Twitter account that both the Platte and Missouri rivers were rising rapidly in the area, and it recommended people who live in areas that were affected by severe flooding in March to evacuate.

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