Midwest Storms Kill 3, Cause More Than A Billion Dollars In Damage in Nebraska Alone
Three are dead, 200 miles of levees in four states have been compromised and the town of Craig, Missouri was evacuated Thursday as the Midwest continues to experience fallout from the "Bomb Cyclone" weather pattern.
Multiple states in the Midwest are experiencing the worst floods in decades as rain and snow melt innundates rivers and streams.
Historic flood levels have been recorded at 42 locations across six states during the ongoing deluge, according to the National Weather Service. The damage to Nebraska alone is estimated to be more than $1.3 billion, according to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Ricketts' estimates were included in a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and calculated $439 million to infrastructure losses, $85 million to private residences and business, $400 million in livestock and $440 million in crop losses.
The roughly 240 residents of Craig, Missouri were evacuated Thursday as a levee breached in the rural town roughly 100 miles north of Kansas City.
Missouri 111 on the south side of Craig, Missouri, in Holt County. Water being held back by a man made berm. pic.twitter.com/NGbi0Ne5Zt
— MSHP Troop H (@MSHPTrooperH) March 20, 2019
The storms have already killed two in Columbus, Nebraska. A Norfolk, Nebraska, man died after driving around a flood barrier in Fremont County, Iowa and being swept away. The death toll is expected to rise as a pair of men are missing in Nebraska and presumed dead.
Authorities are urging drivers not to drive through flooded roads.
There continue to be serious flood risks across large parts of the Missouri and Mississippi River basins. If you are under a flood warning, take action to get to a safe place. pic.twitter.com/jfXOw11kDo
— FEMA (@fema) March 21, 2019