Vast stretches of Nebraska and other midwestern states continue to struggle after a series of devastating floods crippled the region this week; with emergency responders and local authorities working round-the-clock to support those in need during this deadly crisis.
The floods occurred when major rainstorms coupled with fresh snow-melt resulted in a massive inflow of fresh water into lakes, rivers, and creeks across the country.
The devastating weather has caused an estimated $642 million in damages in Nebraska alone.
“The Missouri River, the Elkhorn River and the Platte River — the three main rivers in Nebraska — were all estimated to crest above record peak levels, among many other small rivers in the Midwest,” reported the New York Daily News.
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Vast portions of the Midwest continue to be threatened with catastrophic flooding and major downpours this week; with emergency responders and local authorities struggling to help citizens from Iowa to Nebraska and beyond.
The floods occurred when major rainstorms coupled with fresh snow-melt resulted in a massive inflow of fresh water into lakes, rivers, and creeks across the region.
“It was heart-wrenching to see the breadth of the flood,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
“Just watching rescue boats go down, I mean, it’s speechless,” added one resident “Devastating. Heartbreaking.”
“Natural disasters are unpredictable and often have a devastating impact on Iowa towns and the communities within them. If your family, town, or area is experiencing the aftermath of a disaster, there are a variety of resources available in the State of Iowa to help you recover from a loss of shelter, food and water, or belongings,” adds the official Iowa state website.
FLORENCE’S FURY: Hurricane Death Toll Rises to 23 as Flooding Strikes Carolinas
Hurricane Florence’s official death toll rose to 23 people Monday, with local authorities warning residents to avoid areas prone to flooding as torrential rains and swollen rivers continue to threaten the Carolinas.
According to NPR, “People in North Carolina and South Carolina are coping with flooding, closed roads and power outages as they assess damage from Hurricane Florence. The storm is blamed for at least 23 deaths, and life-threatening floods are expected to continue all this week, the National Weather Service says.”
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North Carolina authorities “confirmed the deaths” of 17 residents due to the storm, said Governor Roy Cooper, adding “”the danger is still immediate” for many towns on the coast and further inland.