Posted 5 months ago
By Kevin Horn
Thunderstorms that rolled through Box Butte County Wednesday afternoon dropped heavy rain that caused minor flooding and hail that damaged crops.
The heaviest rain was reported 10 miles west of Alliance where 5.5 inches of rain fell.
At the Bart and Kathy Dye Farm seven miles west of Alliance, five inches of rain fell as well as marble-sized hail.
Mrs. Dye says her family farm and farmers in the area experienced damage to corn, potatoes, alfalfa, sugar beets, and pasture land.
Other rainfall reports of 1.5 inches to three inches were common across west central and south central Box Butte County
Rainfall amounts in Alliance ranged from a half inch to just under an inch.
A utility power power near the Berean Church at 18th and Emerson caught fire after being struck by lightning and a good portion of north-central Alliance was without electricity for just under two hours while repairs were made.
City Manager J.D. Cox says lightning also knocked out a water well on the east side of town and affected one of the city’s communication systems that allows for the reading of how much water is in the towers.
“We know there is plenty of water in the towers, but we need to get the system fixed as soon as possible so that we can monitor the levels,” he said.
The heavy rain has forced the closure of one mile of County Road 69 between Perkins Road and Rock Road west of Alliance. County Road Supt. Barb Keegan is advising travelers to use caution in some areas west of Alliance where there are washouts. She says efforts to repair roads are in progress.
She says county road equipment operators are concentrating their repair efforts on a prioritized basis of damaged roads.