‘Compromised’ Spencer Dam Triggers Evacuations in Genoa, Nebraska

Severe Storms Leave Behind Damage in Texas
  • A ‘compromised’ dam forced evacuations in Genoa, Nebraska.
  • A tornado in Dexter, New Mexico, injured five people on Tuesday.
  • A possible tornado caused damage in Anton, Texas, on Tuesday.
  • Widespread damage was reported in Kilgore, Texas, from high winds.

Flooding resulting from a “compromised” dam has triggered the evacuation residents in an east-central Nebraska town, including a nursing home and a hospital.

According to a report by the National Weather Service, the Spencer Dam at the Niabrara River failed around 5 p.m. Wednesday, triggering a flash flood emergency in the town of Genoa, home to about 1,000 residents.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office posted a notice on Facebook Thursday morning warning residents along the Niabrara River to evacuate, noting that the dam had been “compromised.”

The Nebraska State Patrol is assisting with evacuations but are having trouble accessing the community, News Channel Nebraska reported. The station also notes there are “no safe evacuation routes.”

Major flooding was also reported in Osmond and Seward, Nebraska.

In Iowa, flooding closed several highways, including the closure Thursday of Interstate 680 near Council Bluffs and a portion of Interstate 29, the Associated Press reports.

Several breached levees prompted evacuations in Missouri Valley, the AP also reports.

On Wednesday, a line of powerful storms in Texas brought damaging winds that knocked out power to tens of thousands, toppled mobile homes and ripped off roofs.

Southern portions of Kilgore, Texas, in Rusk County reported wide-spread damage from high winds, the Kilgore Police Department said, noting that there were many power lines down.

Rusk County Office of Emergency Management said Thursday all roads in and out of Kilgore are “severely limited.”

Early Wednesday, a woman was injured after wind knocked over a mobile home onto a parked vehicle near Cleburne, Texas. The woman, who was inside the mobile home when it overturned, was transported to an area hospital, but there is no word on the extent of her injuries, the Johnson County Emergency Management tweeted.

The storms caused damage to several planes at the Grand Prairie Municipal Airport and forced the closure of the President George Bush Turnpike near Dallas after high winds toppled a semitrailer, the Dallas News reports.

Wind gusts of more than 80 mph were reported in the Dallas-Fort Worth area early Wednesday, which knocked down trees, fences and power lines, according to the Associated Press.

The National Weather Service said wind gusts of up to 83 mph were recorded in Grand Prairie, Texas; 78 mph at DFW International Airport; 71 mph in Addison and 58 in McKinney, both in Texas.

Winds ripped off the roof of an Amazon warehouse facility near DFW airport. Video posted to social media show sheets of metal from the structure striking vehicles parked outside of the building. No injuries were reported.

Damage was also reported at a Federal Aviation Administration facility near DFW airport.

As the storms approached, students at the University of Texas Arlington were urged to shelter in place, the Dallas News said.

Extensive damage was also reported in the town of Zephyr, about 160 miles southwest of Dallas, Big County reported.

More than 64,000 customers remained without power Thursday in Texas, according to poweroutage.us.

2019-03-14 12:56:15

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