Historic flooding takes over the Midwest

22 March, 2019, 12:27 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Chris Machian  Omaha World-Herald

The Missouri River has already set records with historic flood marks measured in 30 places in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, Kansas City forecaster Kevin Lao said.

"The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure", Parson said in a statement.

Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding to flooding.

Parson will meet with local emergency management officials in Atchison, Holt and Buchanan counties Thursday afternoon, with a stop at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she would also be asking President Donald Trump for an expedited disaster declaration.

One Mississippi region protected by levees is also flooding.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said water patrol troopers worked into the night Wednesday, pulling four people from homes and three others from a boat that ran out of gas around the small town of Craig. "I'm, like, 'No, there ain't no water yet'".

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"The flooding this year could be worse than anything we've seen in recent years, even worse than the historic floods of 1993 and 2011", she said.

The National Weather Service says that "major to historic river flooding" will continue across parts of the MS and Missouri River Basins.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue said more than a million calves have been lost from the flood damage.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the levee is one of about 20 that have breached in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.

The National Guard dropped hay for livestock stranded by the high water but despite this, thousands have died, fields are ruined and this could all have an impact on the industry.

The floods followed a powerful winter hurricane that slammed into the U.S. Farm Belt last week, killing untold numbers of livestock, destroying grains and soybeans in storage, and cutting off access to farms due to road and rail damage. The Nebraska Farm Bureau says farm and ranch losses in that state could reach $1 billion. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says flooding in his state alone has caused almost $1.4 billion in losses.

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