Deadly Flooding Forces Hundreds to Evacuate across the Midwest
Dangerously high levels of water have forced hundreds of people in the American Midwest to evacuate their homes.
According to NBC News, Mid-Western states including Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota were flooded after temperatures began to rise above the freezing mark, melting the record-breaking amount of snow on the ground and heavy rain began to fall over the states, overflowing rivers.
Reportedly, 300 rivers in the Midwest are currently at or above flood levels. According to the National Weather Service, the Missouri River at St. Joseph reached as high as 26 feet on Saturday, making it just a foot below “major flooding” level. The river is expected to reach 29.3 feet by Wednesday or Thursday, as more rain is expected in the area, USA Today reports.
The floods have left severe damage behind, NBC News reports. Reportedly, several river levees were breached on Saturday slowing evacuation efforts in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa and washing out bridges – including one straddling the Elkhorn River – and roads in the two states. Levees were also breached along the Platte River near Omaha, Nebraska and the Missouri River near Mills County, Iowa, leading to mandatory evacuations being issued in those areas.
According to NBC News, the flooding came after record-setting amounts of rain and snow began to wash over the land bringing the Missouri River and several others to record heights. NBC News reports that
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