Parts of US Midwest deluged in historic deadly floods

phys.org | 3/18/2019 | Staff
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The US Midwest struggled Monday with historic flooding that claimed at least three lives, displaced residents and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

Swollen waters hit much of Nebraska, as well as parts of Iowa and Wisconsin. All were under states of emergency after a major storm last week dumped snow and rain, even as melting snow was already raising the levels of area waterways.

States - Floodwaters - Officials

Neighboring states could also be affected as floodwaters drain, officials said.

"Major to historic river flooding is expected to continue across parts of the Missouri and Mississippi River Basins due to rapid snow melt the past few days," the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Flood - Warnings - Advisories - Effect - Nebraska

"Flood warnings and advisories remain in effect, mainly across eastern Nebraska and into parts of Iowa."

Across Nebraska, record flooding has been reported in 17 locations and could last a week, according to officials.

Point - Missouri - River - Feet - Meters

At its highest point, the Missouri River was expected to crest at 47.5 feet (14.5 meters), beating its 2011 record by more than one foot.

"Comparisons to 2011 were inevitable," the NWS office in Iowa tweeted, "but these floods have resulted in many more rescues and widespread damage in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa."

Levees - Homes - Businesses

Failing levees were blamed for flooding in numerous communities—damaging homes and businesses.

The US Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains federal levee systems, said a majority were compromised along an approximately 100-mile portion of the Missouri River...
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