Video Shows People Neck-Deep in Water Trapped Inside Elevator During Omaha Flooding

Alarming photos and videos on social media have emerged from Omaha, Nebraska, in the wake of severe thunderstorms on Saturday night.

A flash flood warning was in effect for Nebraska's largest city from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Sunday, with police responding to reports of drivers being stuck in water 2-4 feet high.

Some parts of downtown Omaha were impassible for emergency responders during this time, according to the Omaha World-Herald. There were also reports of lightning causing a house fire.

Meanwhile, a video shared by a radio producer in Omaha shows an unidentified group of people stuck in an elevator with water up to their necks. One woman is seen holding her phone up above her head to keep it from being submerged. Another person is seen standing on some sort of elevated platform in the corner.

WARNING: Footage below contains strong language.

This is nightmare material in Omaha.

— gobigreddie (@gobigreddie) August 8, 2021

"Videos are surfacing on social media that show people trapped inside a downtown basement elevator during Saturday night flash flooding in Omaha, Nebraska," Geoff Pilkington, a journalist based in Los Angeles, said in a tweet. "They were eventually rescued by Omaha firefighters."

Photos and videos were shared on social media en masse of roads and parking lots turned into rivers by the rain, WOWT reported. One Twitter user shared a look at the aftermath of floodwaters so strong, they picked up vehicles and caused a multi-car pileup.

👀 Cars piled up by flood water on Center St near 52nd.

— Omaha + Sarpy WX (@Omaha_SarpyWX) August 8, 2021

The Nation Weather Service had warned that the storm that Omaha could see winds of up to 70 mph and hail the size of pennies. According to photos shared by WOWT, some pieces of hail were found that were even bigger than that estimate.

Over 18,000 Omaha Public Power District customers across multiple counties were reported to have last power during the torrential downpour by 11 p.m. The Omaha Fire Department responded to at least 105 weather-related incidents throughout the night. Residents have been warned that more storms could be on the way as soon as Monday.

Omaha has not been the only major city to be struck by major flooding in recent weeks. Last month, flooding became so severe in Newark, New Jersey, that multiple flights had to be canceled and parking garages were shut down at the city's famed international airport.

Similar videos and photos emerged of streets overrun with floodwaters, particularly in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood. During this time, heavy rains had been forecasted for the entire tri-state area, with parts of Staten Island and New Jersey's Middlesex County being under tornado warnings.

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High Water Street Flooding - stock photo. Alarming photos and videos have emerged from Omaha, Nebraska, in the wake of severe thunderstorms on Saturday night. istock/Getty/KSwinicki