Nebraska Aftermath: Midwest US battles historic floods

March 22, 2019 6:20 PM |

Nebraska Floods

Wide areas of Nebraska and Iowa are under water, with many rivers reaching record levels. For the people of Nebraska and Iowa, it is the most widespread disaster, state has ever witnessed. According to the state governor, Pete Ricketts, it has caused more than $1 billion of flood damage. Three people have been killed in Nebraska and Iowa.

The farmers and ranchers in the Midwest have suffered huge losses. Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture spokeswoman, Christin Kamm said that initial farm damage tab of $400 million to crops and $400 million in lost livestock is expected to exceed.

The farmers of Nebraska and Iowa has little time in hand to escape the floodwaters that rushed over their lands last week. Many of them left their livestock and last year’s harvest behind.

The governor also mentioned that heavy rainfall and rapid snow-melt have caused disastrous flooding across the Missouri River Basin. Due to this, three-fourth of Nebraska’s 93 countries have declared emergency.

To this National Weather Service mentioned that, this major to historic flooding would continue across parts of Mississippi and Missouri river basins. Flooding too will be a threat across parts of the Northwest and Northern Plains as well.

This historic flooding began on March 14 after a combination of rain, melting snow and ice jams which caused rivers to overflow resulting in prompt evacuations.

Also Read: Historic floods in Nebraska, huge loss to humanity

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