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
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“Next year it will be deeper,” says Stephen