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Historic floods killed 4, displaced hundreds forcing 74 cities in Nebraska to declare emergency

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A playground sits under water in a flooded neighborhood in Guerneville, California.

Massive flooding left four dead in Iowa & Nebraska over past week is receding slowly in some areas , but rivers will flood for days, additional rain & melting snow will make flooding worse in parts of Plains & Midwest.

National Weather Service warned on Tuesday morning that 8 million people were under flood as heartland deals with snow melt that blasted Upper Midwest last week with heavy snow.

Wisconsin, Nebraska & Iowa declared states of emergency.

Floods in Nebraska has wide spread with Gov. Pete Ricketts calling it;

“The most widespread disaster we have had in our state’s history”

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Twitter

Visited volunteers, first responders, and local officials in Wood River this afternoon to see the flood impact in the community – this neighborhood street has been turned into a small river. #NebraskaFlood | #NebraskaStrong https://t.co/7EkpT8Yzba

Mike Pence, Vice President is expected to travel to Nebraska on Tuesday to tour devastated areas by flooding.

65 counties besides four tribal areas have declared emergency in Cornhusker State.

According to Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, records of flood have shattered in 17 places across state.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

As of 6:00 p.m. today. #NebraskaFlood

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler requested on Monday a disaster declaration from governor of the state after power outages & spurring officials due to flooding asking 284,000 residents to restrict water usage.

Assistant director of Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, Bryan Tuma stated that Red Cross is operating nine shelters that house 470 people. Twenty-nine counties had voluntary evacuations 18 of which have allowed residents to return.

“Cloudiness or a change in taste or smell are signs of possible contamination. If there is any indication that water supply has been breached by floodwaters, even without noticeable changes in taste or smell, I encourage residents to get a water sample kit for testing”

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Nebraska has seen a $205 million impact on public sector from floods along with private sector that has seen $60 million impact.

Bomb cyclone which caused drop of heavy rain from March 13 in addition to melting ice and snow are two major factors led to heavy flooding. The rain dropped onto frozen ground & snow pack in some cases that weren’t able to absorb downpour.

On Tuesday, Water levels dropped in Iowa & Nebraska. However, flooding get worse incoming days.

Significant snow cover South Dakota, Minnesota & North Dakota as melts cause flooding in Dakotas.

NWS on Twitter

Here is the #weather snapshot for #Tuesday, March 19. Unfortunately a weak system will deliver additional #rainfall to the saturated #Midwest, where historic #flooding continues. Locally heavy rain will be possible for south #FL, while a Pacific system will begin to reach #CA.

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