James Wilke was one of the best men she has ever known, family friend Jodi L. Hefti wrote on Facebook on Friday.
"Not all the HEROs wear cloaks or uniforms," wrote Hefti. "I know a TRUE HERO wearing a T-shirt, jeans and work shoes and driving a John Deer tractor."
Wilke, 50, a farmer from Nebraska, was killed on Thursday when he attempted to rescue a stranger from flooding waters devastated East Nebraska, West Iowa, and other parts of the Midwest this week.
7 FIRST ANSWERS WHO ARE MOVED BY NEBRASKA'S FULLY WATER WATER IN DRAMATIC HELICOPTER RESCUE RECEIPES, received a phone call asking them to help rescue workers save a flood-locked motorist, Hefti wrote. So Wilke got on his tractor and walked down the street.
"He was always the first to help someone," his cousin Paul Wilke told the Omaha World Herald. "He was a person who was not just talking about how to make things better. He would do it. "
" He was always the first to help someone. He was a person who would not just talk about doing things better. He would do it.
According to Hefti, the forces led Wilke across a bridge in Monastery Road, but the bridge erupted and Wilke and his tractor went into the water.
Wilkes corpse became later Hefti wrote: "Anyone who knows James knows that it was his way of saying goodbye to his wife, family and friends, and that he is" at home, "Hefti said.
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Wilkes's death is the only one so far attributed to flooding, Omaha's KMTV TV reported.  The historic flood that followed heavy rains and melting snow in Nebraska prompted Governor Pete Ricketts on Tuesday to seek emergency access to supplies and other resources.
"This is probably the most prevalent over flood damage that we have suffered over the last half-century, "said Ricketts at a press conference on Friday.
"This is probably the most widespread flooding." Damage we have suffered in the last half-century.
On Friday, President Trump tweeted that he had spoken to Gov. Ricketts.
"The People of Nebraska and Above The Midwest, especially the Farmers & Ranchers, are feeling the effects of severe weather, "the president wrote." the first responders and emergency teams have done a great job with record floods, strong winds and roadblocks. "
Ricketts studied the floods on Friday and shared photos of the damage in the social media. [19659005DerGouverneurwiesdieNebraskaStatePatrolaußerdemanvorübergehenddieLängen-undGewichtsanforderungenfürLastkraftwageninunddurchNebraskazurUnterstützungderReaktionaufdieschwerenÜberschwemmungenaufzuhebensoeinePressemitteilungdesRickettsOffices
"This will help move materials more efficiently through the state as we work together to respond to the effects of floods and storms," said R icketts in the publication.
"Unusual event" in nuclear power plant
The swollen Missouri River also threatened the Cooper nuclear power plant in southeastern Nebraska: On Friday, the Nebraska Public Power District declared the floods an "unusual event" 59 miles south of Omaha, would be closed early Saturday.
However, officials were confident that the floods around the facility would not pose a threat to the public, Power District spokesman Mark Becker said.
A notification "Unusual Event" is the lowest emergency classification approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, reports Omaha's Radio KIOS-FM.
In addition to Nebraska and Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota also suffered from severe flooding.
The US Coast Guard closed all traffic on the Missouri River from about 80 km south of Omaha, Neb., Downstream to St. Joseph (Mo.) on Friday along a distance of about 70 miles.
Officials in eastern Nebraska said that more than 2,600 people lived along the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers had been called for evacuation when water broke through dikes in several rural areas. The rising waters on the Missouri River also prompted representatives of Iowa on Friday to close much of the interstate 29 of the Missouri State Line north about 85 miles to about Missouri Valley, Iowa.
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. The closure in 2011 recalled historical floods along the river saw parts of the highway being washed away in western Iowa. Officials on Friday said the river is expected to be well below 2011 levels.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.