In the wake of a bomb cyclone storm, Nebraska faced the worst flooding in the past 50 years
Nebraska was hit by the worst flooding in the past 50 years in the wake of a recent bomb cyclone storm that flooded the Midwest and led to rapid snow melt. Two deaths have been reported in the state directly related to the flooding.
According to CNN, approximately 9 million people in 14 states along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers were under flood warnings over the weekend. The Missouri River crested between 30 and 47.5 ft in different areas throughout the state, breaking previous records by 1 to 4 ft. The flooding comes in the wake of a bomb cyclone storm that tore through the central U.S. with high winds and snow conditions last week, leaving flooding in its wake.
“Just because it stops raining, doesn’t mean rivers will stop cresting,” said CNN Meteorologist Robert Shackelford. “Rivers can crest days later.”
According to USA Today, in Nebraska, at least four bridges on state highways were washed out and stretches of interstates were shut down. The state has been in a state of emergency since Tuesday, March 12, with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency reporting emergency declarations in 41 cities and 53 of the state’s 93 counties.
— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) March 17, 2019