A couple and their 3-year-old son camping at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs were injured early Sunday when a large tree fell on their tent during a thunderstorm.
Alecia Nichols, 23, and Timothy Hiers Jr., 25, were camping with their son, Timothy Hiers III, when the tree fell on the corner of their tent about 5 a.m., said Dan Jacobs, park manager.
The extent of their injuries wasn't immediately known. Jacobs said family friends camping nearby took the Hierses to Jennie Edmundson Hospital for treatment. Hospital officials declined to release their conditions Sunday evening.
Jacobs said 63 of the 73 campsites were occupied over the weekend. He said campers were likely attracted by Saturday's hot weather.
About 10,000 homes in the Omaha metropolitan area lost power following the early morning storm.
By 8:30 a.m. that number was down to about 4,200 customers, said Mike Jones, senior media specialist with the Omaha Public Power District. The numbers had dwindled to just a handful by Sunday evening.
Most of the outages were in Sarpy County, in the Bellevue and Papillion area. Sarpy County dispatchers said some debris and power outages were reported during the storm but that all was well by Sunday afternoon.
The storm caused enough damage that the City of Papillion is opening the former River City Ball Field Complex this week while residents clean up.
The old field at 98th Street and Portal Road is normally used as a yard waste drop site during the city's annual spring and fall cleanups. But this week it will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday so residents can dump storm debris.
City workers also are planning to pick up debris in neighborhoods across the city.
In Bellevue, the tree dump on Cedar Island Road will be open all week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Good news for those weary of the storms: The rest of the week is expected to be mostly calm and dry, with highs in the lower 70s.
World-Herald staff writer Micah Mertes contributed to this report.
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