STORM DAMAGE: Cleanup Begins In Story Co.

Warning sirens alerted residents in Story County Tuesday night about a severe thunderstorm.

It wasn’t the first storm to blow through John Schomaker’s place just north of Nevada, but it certainly was the worst he’s seen in nearly 30 years.

“All in all, it’s just a mess that you gotta get cleaned up,” says Schomaker.

High winds knocked down a few maple trees and destroyed an old corn crib. The storm missed his neighbor’s.

“A friend of mine, Junior, he lives about two miles up. He got about two drops of rain,” says Schomaker.

The county saw 50 to 60 mile an hour winds last night. Melissa Spencer, Deputy Coordinator for Story County Emergency Management, says the biggest concern was flash flooding. A good two to three inches of rain soaked the area in a short amount of time.

“The cities of Cambridge, Huxley and Maxwell were all reporting some localized street flooding and we did have Highway 210 closed for 15 to 20 minutes,” says Spencer.

The threat of severe weather prompted officials to sound the alarm.

“To protect the public, we did blow the sirens, the outdoor warning sirens, to let people know, Hey, if you aren`t inside already, please get inside,” says Spencer.

The sirens sounded in Sheldahl, Slater, Kelley and Huxley last night.

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