Historic flooding in Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa

Brownville, Nebraska, bracing for a record crest on the Missouri River of more than 47 feet (14.3 m).  

“We’re looking at 4, 5, 6, 7 feet above the highest it’s ever been,” said Mike Wight, a spokesman for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

Nebraska’s Platte, Missouri and Elkhorn Rivers broke their banks and flooded, turning the town of Fremont into an island. Meanwhile, the Niobrara River broke the Spencer Dam, submerging the nearby town of Lincoln.

Nebraska’s Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency in 53 counties, saying that one-third of the state has been affected by the devastating floods.

About a third of Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha was cut off by rising floodwaters. Some 30 buildings on the base were inundated with as much as 8 feet (more than 2 m) of water.

Water is 6 to 7 feet (2 m) deep in some homes in Holt County, Missouri.

Rain and snow was still in the forecast for today and Tuesday




Thanks to Stephen Bird and Vance von Raab for these links

“Next year it will be deeper,” says Stephen

18 thoughts on “Historic flooding in Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa”

  1. that’s what we can expect as we enter into a major ice age due to record snowfall this winter.

  2. I was there – I worked at Offutt AFB in 1999 as an Accounting Technician at DFAS for a year. Lived in the Florentine Apartments at that time at Benson Garden Blvd!!
    Unfortunately they closed DFAS in 2004. The temps were laid off already early at the end of 1999, eventually making me leave Omaha less than a year later as the economy there slowed. That is some incredible flooding!

  3. whoa! thats nasty!
    the rainfall volumes per hr must have been impressive.
    africas also copped some huge flooding and many deaths 1k dead on aussie news reports today

  4. extra snow and cold…flooding is bad enough when its warm, those poor people and animals will be severely affected;-(

  5. Not much coverage of this disaster in the news. Maybe the affected people are just to white? Doesn’t make a good photo op for journalists trying to blame racism for the government response or lack of.

  6. Too much snow, imagine the rivers must flow north and of course still totally frozen to the north..

  7. With the North Western states yet to thaw yet?
    A heck of a lot of cold water to get dumped in the Gulf stream.

  8. Man has about 2% impact on weather (Total), but maybe we are only about 2% into the next Ice Age. Hold on to your hats, when we get to 50% of that next Ice Age.

    Will there be more taxes to warm the plant and to dance too ?

    • Man has a 0.004% impact on the weather via his farming impacts. UV and EUV very nearly 80% as they drive the Jet streams. With Arid Desert regions the Jet stream miss the rest.
      He has affected the local climate with his farming and tree removal/burning to create farm land mostly in coastal regions over the last 600 years, more so in the last 20 years as man has cleared forest to grow palm oil planation at the expense of wild nature the greens profess to support.

  9. Minor correction: Lynch, not Lincoln (the state capital), is the small town badly damaged. I grew up in Spencer.

  10. The river is walled in and can’t expand out onto the flood plain so of course it going to be higher. More and more land is being covered with buildings, concrete and other structures so there’s now more run-off than ever before.

  11. I like that number better, Thanks JimBob I think I did get the 2% from some write up last year. But I will take 0.004 impact.
    Thanks to all for getting the Facts out. That’s what we need.

  12. I am from Nebraska. We had 1/2 of our annual average snowfall in November. Then we had 3 inches of rain in December that saturated the soil. Follow this by the second highest snowfall in a winter ever recorded, less than 4″ off of the 1914-15 record and a bitterly cold winter. Then you follow that with warm rain on half of the state that melted most of the snow in the eastern 1/2 of the state with the ground still frozen in less than 2 days. Add in the fact that Nebraska has more miles of creeks and rivers than any state in the US, it adds up to a mess.

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