Today in History: A Flood Caused by 14 Inches of Rain Kills 23 People

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On this day in 1950, A flood caused by 14 inches of rain kills 23 people.

Most of the victims drowned after being trapped in their vehicles by flash flooding.

In southeastern Nebraska, cornfields dominate the landscape.

It is the rainiest region of the state, getting approximately 35 inches annually.

The spring and summer of 1950 far exceeded that total.

The deadly flash flooding was part of a series of floods to hit the area near Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Big Blue River feeds into the Kansas River, between May and July of that year because of a spate of thunderstorm activity.

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