A barn sits destroyed by a toppled tree near Waterbury while water rushes through
Several rounds of hail left a mark on homes in Martinsburg
Winds whipped a semi off Highway 20 northwest of Waterbury
DIXON COUNTY, Neb. (KTIV) -
Thursday night storms left a trail of damage throughout parts of northeast Nebraska. One area hit particularly hard was Dixon County, with cell after cell sweeping through towns like Martinsburg, Ponca and Waterbury.
Flash flooding ran through a culvert on 587th Avenue, a few miles northwest of Waterbury. A torrent of water rushed down a hill, under the road and right through a farm.
The whole property was left badly damaged. Wind ripped big branches off of trees and even toppled one of them straight onto a barn, destroying it.
Hail stones piled up several inches deep alongside the rushing water, all making for an unbelievable scene.
Hail was a menace in nearby Martinsburg too. Most people in the tiny town are cleaning up broken glass because their windows were left shattered. Siding was left with dents, dings and holes. Martinsburg resident Deb Beldin says the hail came in three rounds, getting larger every time.
Between Martinsburg and Waterbury on Highway 20, a semi truck was blown off the road because of the wind. The Dixon County Sheriff's Department says the driver received minor injuries. Traffic was blocked off and diverted for more than an hour as officials investigated.
Also on Highway 20, a deputy says the department called in snow plows to get the hail off the road. In some places it was nearly six inches deep.
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