Friday afternoon started with round one going to Mother Nature as
more than an inch of rain fell just before Lincolnites were about to
leave work for home.
The worst was yet to come, as a strong line
of water-heavy clouds came into the area just after 10 p.m.
At 1:57 a.m. the National Weather Service released a warning that
already 4 to 5 inches of rain had fallen and the worst part of the
storm had just arrived over Logan County. Water churning into the
streets came with such force that it actually was foaming as it
headed for the storm drains.
The rain, called "torrential" by the NWS, continued to pour with
a background of lightning that charged the atmosphere with a light
At 2:07 a.m. residents in the central part of Lincoln could hear
music being played from one of the church bell towers, set off by
the electricity in the air.
Saturday morning revealed downed limbs scattered about Lincoln,
not from strong winds but from the sheer weight of the rains hitting
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Not one to give up when she is on a roll, nature decided after a few
hours' respite to come back with an early Saturday morning rain that
at times dropped rain again in waves of water.
Still not finished with us, another deluge hit during the early
afternoon, before moving on toward the east.
Although total rainfall amounts are varied across our area,
estimates from 5 inches upwards of 7 inches total for the
less-than-24 hour-period have been coming into the LDN offices.
[By MIKE FAK]