Sunday, March 17, 2019

Ulema Bombogenesis Leaves Midwest Devastated with Major Flood Waters | Mar 17, 2019

Friday in Inglewood, south of Fremont. (Tammy McKeighan, Fremont Tribune)

At a Glance

  • Preparations were being made to shut down a nuclear power plant along the rising Missouri River.
  • Nebraska emergency management spokesman said there is no safety concerns at the plant.
  • Fremont, Nebraska, the state's sixth largest city, became cut off by floodwaters.
  • A Nebraska farmer was killed trying to rescue a stranded motorist. Two others are missing.
  • Another Nebraska man was swept away by flood waters in Iowa and later died.
All along Midwest rivers Sunday, residents and officials prepared for flooding that already has killed at least two people, forced mandatory evacuations, breached dams and levees and may force a nuclear power plant to shut down out of an abundance of caution.

Thurman, Iowa, began evacuations about 7:30 a.m. Sunday EDT as fast moving water approached the town in the southwest corner of the state. The National Weather Service said the flooding was likely the result of levee breaches on the Missouri River. Areas of other Iowa towns had already evacuated, including Hamburg, Percival, McPaul and Bartlett.

In St. Joseph, Missouri, the Missouri River is expected to crest at 30.1 feet early this week, and the city is asking volunteers to help fill sandbags. The goal, city spokesperson Mary Robinson told WDAF-TV, is to have 150,000 sandbags by Tuesday to add a 2-foot wall to the levee.



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