Historic flooding has been ongoing for a few days now here in Nebraska. Fremont was just one of many towns that fell victim to the flood waters of the North Platte River.
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For over a day the town was shut out from all directions and is in recovery mode.
Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to the Midwest at this hour to view the region’s historic flooding. Heavy rains and snowmelt damaged thousands of homes and inundated tens of thousands of acres with water. More flooding is expected.
Flood waters are still rising in the midwest.
“We’re in for the long haul, we’re just getting started. We really haven’t seen the snow melt yet,” says Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin have issued emergency declarations. Mandatory or voluntary evacuations are underway in 29 counties across the region.
“It’s hard to describe the devastation. It looked like an ocean,” says Gov. Reynolds
Rising rivers have breached nearly 200 miles of levees.
These Nebraska evacuees hitched a ride on high-rail trucks from Union Pacific.
Tammy Gore is evacuating from Nebraska she says, “I just packed my purse and personal things but I didn’t really bring anything.”
“We’re worried about getting back home because they say Fremont is underwater.”
Flooding is expected throughout the week as high water flows down the Missouri River.
Iowa’s Governor says the flooding kicked off when the highest amount of rain and snowfall in 124 years combined with increased runoff because the ground was still frozen.
The President of the Nebraska Farm Bureau estimates farm and ranch losses could reach 1-billion dollars. Nearly half of it from crops that will be planted late or not at all.
The flooding is blamed for at least 3 deaths.