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Storm clean-up continues

Storm clean-up continues throughout the area.  In Marshall County an estimated 8000 people were without power for a period of time.  Emergency Management Director Bill Schwindamann reported that damage estimates are running between 4.5 and 5 million dollars.  Winds measured in excess of 80 mph hit along a 30 mile wide swath that fell between the southern border of Marshall County and several miles north of Marysville.  Fallen trees were damaged buildings and at least two homes.  Lightning from one storm is the suspected cause of a house fire at 1699 3rd Road north of Waterville.  The vacant home was a total loss.  In Blue Rapids one trailer home was blown off of its foundation and into a power pole.  Beattie Kansas also lost water when the pump lost power for a period of time.  Clean up crews from as far away as Washington, Beloit and Belleville brought equipment and people power to assist with the immediate clean up.  The Big Blue River came out of its banks in the Blue Rapids area and there was minor flooding south of Frankfort.  One train car was derailed near 11th Terrace and Bootlegger Crossing

Washington County experienced winds estimated at 70 mph, primarily in along Highway 9.  Minor flooding was reported at the Republican River, Little Blue River and Mill Creek.  According to Deb Swobada, Washington County Emergency management director no estimate of damage has been done.  She stated that overall damage was minor in Washington County.

Nemaha County reported winds up to 90 mph.  As many as 1200 persons lost power.

Gage County in Nebraska reported several hundred acres of corn and beans were destroyed by golf ball and tennis ball sized hail combined with strong winds.

Rainfall totals varied significantly throughout the storm area with reports from ½ inch to over 5 inches.

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