Published: Sun, March 24, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Nebraska Flooding Causes More Than One Billion In Damage

Nebraska Flooding Causes More Than One Billion In Damage

As of December 1, producers in states with flooding - including South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and IL - had 6.75 billion bushels of corn, soybeans and wheat stored on their farms - 38 percent of the total U.S. supplies available at that time, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

But no major flooding is forecast downstream in Kansas City.

'Where the Missouri meets the Mississippi River in St Charles, (Missouri, ) it has already peaked, but it's going to crest again early next week, meteorologist Roth said. Hundreds of millions of dollars of damage has been caused with the Missouri River inundating the states along its banks - with almost half of Iowa's counties declared disaster areas.

According to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the majority of the country is favored to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing the flood risk.

In addition to the year-to-year natural variability of weather, there is a long-term, climate change-driven trend that is making extreme rainfalls even more intense, said Texas A&M University climate scientist Andrew Dessler.

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Nebraska Flooding Causes More Than One Billion In Damage

The farmers of Nebraska and Iowa has little time in hand to escape the floodwaters that rushed over their lands last week. That flooding has devastated farmers and ranchers across the region, put communities such as Hamburg, Iowa, underwater, and wiped out roads and bridges in others. The majority of the records NEMA listed involved the Missouri River, which crested between 30 and 47.5 feet in different areas throughout the state since Tuesday, breaking previous records by 1 to 4 feet.

As many will recall, the Missouri River flooded in 2011, and this latest 2019 flood has been far more widespread. About 175 miles (281.6 kilometers) of non-federal agriculture levees also need fix, at an additional cost of $175 million.

The waters have already swamped a large swath of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa along North America's longest river. "Hopefully in the next 24 hours the waterline starts to recede a little."Officials said they expect levees to contain the debris-laden floodwaters as they head toward Kansas City, Missouri, about 55 miles (88 km) south of St. Joseph, and then other population centers in Kansas and Missouri downstream". So too were some 200 residents of Lewis and Clark Village in neighbouring Buchanan County after a nearby levee failed, officials said.

"This is our last line of defence", South Holt County Assistant Fire Chief Bill Killin told area media.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington. Cost estimates indicate the flooding has caused more than $480 million in damage to homes, while businesses have suffered $300 million in damage.

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