Record Missouri River Flooding in Nebraska and Iowa

ap_19074739256763_wide-b6c2021b32d71250efff36215337afaf0be72a83-s1200-c85REUTERS—The Missouri River was still rising on Saturday following rapid snow-melt after a “bomb cyclone” hit much of the central United States earlier this week. Eastern Nebraska and south and west central Iowa have experienced particular difficulties as a result of the record-breaking floods. There have been two reported flood-related fatalities in Nebraska this week. The floods have also triggered evacuations, destroyed homes and highway sections, and have blocked access to several small communities. The flooding is expected to reach a record crest of 47 feet by Tuesday. “We’re looking at 4, 5, 6, 7 feet above the highest it’s ever been,” said Mike Wight, a spokesperson for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

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