The "historic" floods that caused at least three deaths in Nebraska and Iowa will still take several days, which will aggravate the problems in the Midwestern US. They have been totally isolated, state agencies reported Monday.
The "cyclone bomb" has already damaged hundreds of houses, roads, bridges and a military base and caused the evacuation of thousands of people in the two states.
"This is really the most devastating flood we've had in the history of our state, from the point of view of its extension," Governor Pete Ricketts said on his Twitter account.
Speaking to The Weather Channel, the leader stressed that he had not seen something similar in his life and asked his fellow citizens to take extreme precautions, as the situation remains "dangerous".
Ricketts said that the two confirmed deaths in the state, we must add the disappearance of a third person as a result of this kind of winter hurricane.
The Nebraska Emergency Response Agency (NEMA) reported unprecedented flooding caused by the melting of falling snow and the accumulation of ice in several rivers, thus generating natural levees and overflowing waters.
Those waters were the ones that flooded the 30 buildings of the base of the US Air Force. in Offutt, which had to be evacuated.
The NEMA indicated that the Missouri River is expected to reach a flood level of almost 14 meters above its normal channel on Tuesday, surpassing by about 30 centimeters the record level of 2011, although the river could continue to grow until Thursday. .
According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), "the flood is expected to continue and the waters will grow" even more.
Meanwhile, NDOT's specialized personnel began to check the roads and bridges damaged or destroyed by the waters and to establish provisional detours until the waters descend and reconstruction tasks can begin.
In Iowa, where a third person died, authorities ordered the complete evacuation of the small town of Pacific Junction, and in Missouri Valley up to 2,600 people had to leave their homes.
According to the Flood Information System in Iowa (IFIS), the problem will continue "until Thursday, because the rains will make the streams grow" and "it will be several days before the magnitude of the damage" caused by the floods can be assessed.
The governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, toured the flooded areas on Monday and indicated that the "recovery" tasks are already progressing because "the waters receded a little", but, he said, "there is still a long way to go" and Those affected "must know".
The NWS anticipates that on Thursday the Missouri River will grow in the town of St. Joseph to the "third highest recorded level", so the Base "Rosecrans" of the Air National Guard had to move their military aircraft C-130 to other bases.
The floods, which also affected Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota, forced workers at a nuclear plant in Brownville, Nebraska, to be evacuated by helicopter, although the facilities continued to work safely.