Seventy-four cities, 65 counties and four tribal areas in Nebraska had declared states of emergency Tuesday after days of heavy rains and spring snowmelt.
More than 8 million people already were affected in 14 states by flood warnings in effect but in Nebraska three people are dead. Thousands of people have been driven from their homes by the fast-rising waters. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to survey damage in the region Tuesday with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. The Midwest is bracing for more rain in the coming days. Flooding was so bad around Fremont, Nebraska, that just one lane of U.S. 30 was uncovered outside the city of 26,000.
Nebraska flooding (satellite image)
In southwest Iowa, the Missouri River reached a level in Fremont County that was 2 feet (0.6 meter) above a record set in 2011. The mayor of North Dakota's largest city declared an emergency Monday and asked residents to help fill 1 million sandbags in preparation of major Red River flooding. "The water isn't going to be gone, and the levees aren't going to be fixed this year," said Tom Bullock, the emergency management director for Missouri's Holt County.