More than 200 miles of levees have been breached by the floodwaters
Historic flooding in the Midwest has claimed three lives and caused thousands of homes to be destroyed. Heavy rainfall and snow melt in the wake of a bomb cyclone storm has caused rivers to rise to record breaking levels and levees to break across the Midwest.
In Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, 200 miles of levees have been breached or overtopped, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) told the Associated Press. In Nebraska, 29 counties were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders due to flooding. Roads, bridges and levees were destroyed, with many roads remaining closed, according to U.S. News. Flooding from the Missouri River is expected to continue through the week.
According to CBS News, Vice President Mike Pence announced plans to visit Nebraska March 19 to survey the damage. More than 4,400 people have evacuated their homes in at least four states. However, the threat has not passed as rivers in 40 locations have risen to historic levels. More than 70 cities in Nebraska have issued emergency declarations.
Furthermore, the total damage from the historic flooding is already in the hundreds of millions of dollars and expected to rise with additional flooding imminent.
An unusually cold winter and intense spring storm came together to produce record-breaking floods on several rivers in Nebraska. Here's the view captured by our @NASAEarth satellites: https://t.co/ltZQMW8gpB pic.twitter.com/wPKaYAmyLx
— NASA (@NASA) March 19, 2019