Flooding Reaches Record Levels in 17 Locations in Nebraska

March 19, 2019 12:46 PM
 
 

We're getting a better look at the destruction in Nebraska caused by flooding.  Water has reached record levels at 17 locations across the state. The state's emergency management agency says more record river crests were expected on Tuesday.  Those include the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn Rivers. 

Serious flooding is expected to continue through this weekend.  There is also a concern in Iowa.  The flooding hitting ranchers particularly hard, right in the middle of calving season. Steven Nelson is with the Nebraska Farm Bureau.  "This is a very challenging time for farmers and ranchers across the state", says Nelson.  "We have snow, heavy snows in parts of the state with a lot of wind, so it is particularly affecting cow-calf producers, really any livestock that's outdoors."  

Nearly 300 people have been rescued from high water across the state.  So far, three people are confirmed dead from the flooding.  Two others are reported missing.

The images from the air are breathtaking in capturing the sheer level of destruction.  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts took a tour of the damage.  See the view from above here.

AgDay's Betsy Jibben has arrived in Nebraska to talk with those affected by the flooding.  She tweeted this video as she arrived in Omaha. Watch for Betsy's reports this week on AgDay TV on air and on Twitter and Facebook.

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