Catastrophic Flooding in the Plains

March 18, 2019 02:55 PM

The biggest areas of concern right now are in Nebraska and Iowa. Mixed in with all the flooding was heavy snow.  In Norfolk, Nebraska portions of Highway 81 were submerged due to flooding from the Elkhart River.

Nebraska State Police say rescuers worked around the clock pulling people to safety.  Thousands of drivers were trapped on roadsides.  People were also trapped in their homes by rising waters.



This photo courtesy of the Nebraska State Police.

One trooper says this photo sums up the road conditions in Nebraska:


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This photo is courtesy of the Nebraska State Police Troop D.

On top of the snow and flooding, high winds were a concern. Enough to topple this huge billboard in North Dakota.



This photo is courtesy the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The concern right now for farmers is the possible loss of life following the storm, this all happening in the middle of calving season.  Many producers are concerned that many calves either drowned or froze to death. 

Dale Jessie Vocu in Kyle, South Dakota shared a video on Facebook. It shows several members of one ranch, hand-shoveling to get to their calves.  She says they saved six head of cattle.

In another case, a State Trooper in Nebraska was able to rescue a calf that was frozen to the ground near Sidney, Nebraska.

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This picture is courtesy NSP Trooper Horak.

Related article:

Extreme Flooding Decimates Fields, Herds and Cities in its Path

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Henning Oppermann
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3/19/2019 07:47 AM

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