- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nearly 7 inches of rain fell Friday night and early Saturday on parts of Omaha, causing some flooding of low-lying streets and contributing to the death of a Bellevue man swept away by floodwaters after he drove into a rain-swollen ditch.

Authorities said they recovered the body of David Farr, 29, Saturday morning near a drainage ditch just south of Highway 370. Police and rescue workers were called to the area Friday night by witnesses who said Farr was able to get out of the car, but was soon pulled underwater and didn’t resurface.

Firefighters were unable to enter the water because the current was too strong.

The incident happened as heavy rains pummeled the area Friday night, forcing the postponement of a College World Series game and adding to concerns of flooding along the Missouri River. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for parts of Nebraska and Iowa along the river, swollen from heavy rains in states north of Nebraska.

Gauges at the Millard Airport in southwestern Omaha measured rainfall at 6.83 inches from Friday night to about 7 a.m. Saturday - and more could be on the way, the weather service said. Forecasters are predicting a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for the Omaha area and parts of western Iowa on Sunday and a 50 percent chance on Monday.

Friday night’s storms also brought high winds and lightning and led to power outages across the area. Omaha Public Power District told the Omaha World-Herald that 2,978 customers in Douglas and Sarpy counties were without power early Saturday morning, down from about 10,000 customers at the height of the storms, the utility said.

Following the rain, the Missouri River had reached 27.2 feet at Omaha by Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said. It’s forecast to rise to flood stage at 29 feet around 9 a.m. Sunday. Flooding is expected in low-lying parks near the river, including in NP Dodge and Freedom parks in Omaha, Playland Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Fontenelle Forest and Haworth Park in Bellevue.

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