Omaha Public Radio News
Mon July 11, 2011
Rainfall causes no significant issues in downtown Omaha
By Katie Knapp Schubert
Omaha, NE – Omaha officials say a system of pumps functioned properly and no problems were reported following Sunday night's rain.
The city received about half an inch of rain from Sunday night's storms. Recent heavy rain has caused flooding in parts of downtown Omaha. Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stolinski, the spokesman for Missouri River Unified Command, says the rain in this week's forecast shouldn't significantly change the flood situation.
Meanwhile, a nine-member U.S. Coast Guard team is in Omaha for the next two weeks, training in the event of water rescues during an evacuation.
The disaster assistance response team members began training Friday. Stolinski says the team is getting the lay of the land in the event they need to come back and help with evacuations.
No evacuation orders are in place in Omaha. The city sent fliers last week to businesses and residents within the city's evacuation zone, urging them to prepare in the event of a levee breach.
The Missouri River remains six feet above flood stage at Omaha.