In what weathermen are calling “historic” flooding, those along the Missouri, Elkhorn and Platte Rivers are enduring loss of homes, productivity and livestock. According to Reuters, the end isn’t coming anytime soon.
“We’re looking at widespread flooding that continues until at least early next week in the Plains and Midwest region,” Marc Chenard with the National Weather Service . Additional cities in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska are expected to be evacuated this week.
Last week Governor Pete Ricketts declared a statewide emergency for Nebraska citizens. So far, two people have died in the floodwaters.
In addition, row crop farmers are facing the possibility of losing their livelihood for the season. Planting is around the corner and water levels don’t look to subside anytime soon. And even when they do, mud means more delays for farmers.
They just cancelled school county wide till Wednesday. That gives you a little bit of an idea of the infrastructure damage and repair we are dealing with. Still active flooding in many areas. Especially to the South east.— kenny reinke (@reinke_farms) March 17, 2019
Historic flooding continues across the Plains and Midwest this week with many rivers at "major flood" stage. Many roads are closed due to flooding in the region and they're closed for good reason. 50% of all flood deaths are vehicle related. Turn around, don't drown! pic.twitter.com/a557SvaKJj— NWS (@NWS) March 18, 2019
A relatively quiet weather pattern is forecast for the next several days. Historic flooding is ongoing in the Plains, however, so any additional precipitation will, likely, not be welcome. Rain with mountain snow returns to California, and it gets rainy for portions of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2wlZVwoSvU— NWS (@NWS) March 18, 2019
@realDonaldTrump In case nobody knows the Spencer Dam in Nebraska broke. Over 50% of the state underwater the other 50% got anywhere from a foot to 5ft of snow. And we are getting NO HELP. And the flooding is only getting worse. HELP NEBRASKA PLEASE pic.twitter.com/g56cxC24yn— Jane Johnson (@JaneJoh19844601) March 16, 2019
.@SenSasse and I joined @NENationalGuard to get an aerial view of flooding impact as we traveled to thank volunteers in Fremont, address a community meeting in Niobrara, and receive a briefing in Lynch. More here: https://t.co/78cd5jkTOG#NebraskaFlood | #NebraskaStrong pic.twitter.com/h32kyx0NE4— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) March 16, 2019