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7, 2019, 2:03 AM GMT

According to Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent flood and snowmelt floods have been poured into the surrounding land, massive streams and rivers, and killing at least one person.

Scramble to move people the way the damage is expected to go down to the new week, as rivers and streams of flood eastern Nebraska and western Iowa are expected to crest Saturday and Sunday. That leaves the downstream officials wishing to prepare for the flood.

Travelers are taking over the overflowing Missouri River near Platteview, Nebraska on March 16, 2019, while the floods from the Missouri River contain highways and surrounding farms. Thousands of people are driven to evacuate the Nebraska rivers in the eastern part as a massive winter rain storm pushing streams and rivers from their banks across the Midwest. Nati Harnik / 19659010] Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who has members of the emergency management team on Friday to review and update flood response plans, and Missouri Highway Patrol is preparing additional equipment and placing quick water rescue personnel at standby. The Missouri National Guard has temporarily moved the C-130s of the 139 Airlift Wing from the Rosecrans Air National Guard Base to St. Louis. Joseph as guardian.

The National Weather Service states that the Missouri River in St. Louis Joseph reached about 26 feet on Saturday, about one foot below what is considered a major flood in the northwest of the city of Missouri. But it is expected to snow on Wednesday or Thursday at 29.3 feet – more than two feet above the major flood levels.

Abandonment efforts in eastern Nebraska and several western Iowa areas were affected by reports of levee removals and bridges and roads, including parts of Nebraska Highway 92 , leading to and out of southwest Omaha. Authorities confirmed that the highway bridge across the Elkhorn River was washed out by Saturday. In Fremont, in western Omaha, Dodge County Sheriff's Office has provided mandatory evacuation for some residents after a flood erupted by a levee on the River Platte. And in Mills County, Iowa, authorities have ordered people in some rural areas to evacuate after the Missouri River beyond the levees.

Flooding followed snow and rain – record-setting days, in some areas – swept through the West and Midwest. The deluge has driven several waterways, including the Missouri River, to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. Farmer family James Wilke, 50, of Columbus, Nebraska, said he died on Thursday when a bridge collapsed as he used his tractor to try to reach the missing motorists on Thursday. His body was found beneath the stream, his cousin Paul Wilke told Columbus Telegram. Gass Haney Funeral Home confirmed the death of James Wilke.

At least two other people are missing in the Nebraska flood. Officials said a man in Norfolk was seen on top of his rising car late Thursday before being thrown out of the water and another man was torn by water when the dam collapsed on the Niobrara River.


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