Officers in eastern Nebraska are still evacuating communities near rivers that are shedding their banks after heavy rains and massive snowmelt.
A "bomb-cyclone" storm that thrived on the rivers as it roared all over the Midwest, along with the snowmelt spring on Sunday to bring some Midwest rivers to record levels to force the evacuation of hundreds of homes. And some areas will have more rain on Tuesday, forecasters said.
Tuesday's storm will not keep up with last week's "bomb cyclone" that triggered heavy snow, howling wind and several tornadoes, AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Andrews said. But he said it can stand up to another inch of rain in areas where there is no room for water.
"This could trigger new problems or cause problems when it targets the areas most affected by the floods," he said.
The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared a state of emergency. Roads and highways were closed. Amtrak said some trains in the region were delayed and others canceled.
The Missouri River between Omaha and Kansas City could remain at record levels for the better part of this week, or almost at record levels, as outflow from flooded streams and rivers flows downstream, AccuWeather said. 19659009] The Rock River climbed its shores and flooded a house in Old Harlem Road on March 16, 2019 in Machesney Park, Illinois. "width =" 540 "data-mycapture-src =" "data-mycapture-sm-src =" "/>
The Rock River pushed its banks and flooded a house in Old Harlem Road on March 16, 2019 Machesney Park, Ill. (Photo: Scott P. Yates, AP)
In Nebraska, the Offutt Air Force Base was besieged by water, and officials at the base station said an angry sandbagging effort and said the water was Risen too fast to be stopped.
Much of the base, which had nearly 9,000 service members, was under water on Sundays and was only accessible to key personnel.
"At Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility we have about 2 feet of water, "said 55th Wing Commander Colonel Michael Manion." All roads south and east of the fieldhouse are impassable. "
Interstate 29 was closed from Omaha to Rockport, Missouri, and Columbus died last week , Nebraska, farmer James Wil ke, 50, when a bridge collapsed when he used a tractor to rescue a stranded motorist.
"All evacuation notices, recommended and mandatory, are strongly recommended," said the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. "By ignoring evacuation recommendations, later extraction requests can be delayed."
More than 2,000 Iowans have fled their homes since heavy rainstorms last week. The Missouri River in the State of Fremont (Iowa) rose on Sunday two meters over its previous record. The authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 200 inhabitants of the city of Thurman.
"Fast flowing water approached the city of Thurman," warned the National Weather Service on Sunday. "This is probably the result of dam failures in the area." "Evacuation operations began."
Mike Crecelius, director of County Emergency Management, said the rapid flow added to the danger.
"This was not a gradual increase." Said Crecelius. "It's flowing fast and it's open land – there's nothing there to slow it down."
Aleido Rojas Galan, 55, died when he and two other men tried to drive a closed-road barricade, Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope said Saturday. All three escaped the vehicle and Galan was held to a tree in the water.
Galan was flown to Nebraska, where he died. The other men were treated for their injuries.
Parts of Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin were also flooded. Several Wisconsin communities have been evacuated since Friday night.
"The massive flood that affects our state can be overwhelming," said Governor Tony Evers.
Contribution: The Associated Press
Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/17/midwest-flooding-bomb – Cyclone Thousand Evacuees / 3194936002 /