The Islands of Nebraska
It has received shockingly little national media coverage, but Nebraska, Iowa, and other parts of the Upper Mid-West are suffering some of the worst flooding seen in a generation, if not longer.
This landlocked state shouldn’t have any islands. But the deadly flooding that has deluged parts of Nebraska could get worse before it gets better.
“This really is the most devastating flooding we’ve probably ever had in our state’s history, from the standpoint of how widespread it is,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday.
More than 8 million people are under flood warnings in the Midwest and the Mississippi River Valley, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.
“Eastern Nebraska remains the hardest hit area, with much of the southeast part of the state under flood warnings,” he said.
The flooding has already killed two people in Nebraska and one man in Iowa. Ricketts said at least one person remains missing in Nebraska.
Flood records have been shattered in 17 places, and more rivers will likely break cresting records this week, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. (A crest is the highest point of a flood wave.)
Now the big concern is flood water draining downstream, further deluging communities that can’t take any more water.
The conditions have necessitated the Nebraska National Guard to go into rescue mode:
The Nebraska National Guard has used helicopters and specialized vehicles to rescue Nebraskans stranded by flooding.
National Guard officials tell News Channel Nebraska that soldiers conducted aviation rescues to evacuate 34 people and seven dogs in the Columbus, Arlington and Genoa areas on Thursday and Friday.
Authorities say seven Arlington firefighters were rescued from a river after they attempted to rescue a stranded family. The firefighters were suffering from hypothermia and were flown to the Fremont Airport where an ambulance was waiting.
National Guard officials say a rescue mission started Friday morning in Schuyler. Soldiers are attempting to rescue 14 people.
Additionally, three people were rescued in Norfolk after National Guard soldiers used two Light Medium Tactical Vehicles to get to them. Soldiers used two LMTVs to rescue six people and two dogs in Genoa.
And there is more to come, as downstream flooding occurs and more weather could be on the way.
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