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Heavy rain and melting snow that rolled over the Missouri River Hundreds of families were evicted from their homes in the Midwest and became the base of the US Strategic Command forced to drastically reduce Sunday's operations.
At least three people are at what the National Weather Service calls the "National Weather Service. Large and historic river floods" along sections of the Missouri and Mississippi.
Nebraska state emergency services officials said a 50-year-old farmer He was carried away on Thursday when he helped someone flee a vehicle in flood water, saying that an elderly resident also died in ascending waters after refusing to leave home, and more details were not immediately available.
In Iowa, Aleido Rojas Galan (55) died after being sunk in floodwaters in Riverton City on Friday, said Fremont County Sheriff's Office.
Flood warnings and warnings remained in effect Sunday night across East -Nebraska, southern Wisconsin and parts of Iowa. The National Meteorological Service said that the floods are likely h will continue on Wednesday throughout the region.
The Missouri River reached 30.2 feet (30.2 feet) in Fremont County, southwestern Iowa on Sunday, breaking the record 2 feet (2 feet) from Bartlett and Thurman. On the Platte River near North Bend, northwest of Omaha, Nebraska, a dam was broken on Sunday afternoon. The authorities urged all residents to move immediately to higher elevations.
US. Strategic Command, or StratCom, which oversees US strategic nuclear forces from Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, said on Sunday that floods would have overwhelmed the southeastern side of the base despite the deployment of more than 235,000 sandbags and 460 flood barriers.
Base The commanders told NBC partner WOWT of Omaha that the floods affected two-thirds of the more than 16,000 active and civilian base personnel – including StratCom, the largest wing of the 55th wing, within the air combat command ,
StratCom ordered everyone but "mission-critical staff" to stay home on Sunday, saying that the main gate was under the locked entrances and it was expected that the water would not return until Thursday. The runway of the base should remain closed until Tuesday.
"We wanted to stay ready and fortunately we were able to save all our critical capabilities and we are still fighting," said Commander-in-Chief Michael Manion of the 55th wing.
The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin declared all states of emergency.
In Sidney, Iowa, in Fremont County, many residents began to pull up as much of their belongings as possible after Mike Creselius, the county's emergency manager, had confirmed that a broken embankment north of the district Floods in Percival and other cities had crashed.
Creselius asked residents in the area to evacuate, Dale Chaney told NBC's WHO daughter Des Moines that he would stay.
"I'll hold it," Chaney said. "I have no room to walk."
Among the evacuees from Bellevue, Nebraska, Margie Guy said WOWT said both mobile homes were total losses.
Do I know where to stay tonight? No, I do not know where I'm going to stay tonight, "Guy said." Do I know where we'll spend the night tomorrow? No, we do not. "
Guy described feeling as" deafness. "
" I mean, at this point, I do not know that everyone knows what's going to happen next, "she said.