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RECORD SETTING

Photos: Aerial views capture scale of deadly flooding in the Midwest

  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

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The US midwest is grappling with swift, record-setting floods along the Missouri River, as massive downpours contribute to a waterway system already swelling from melting snow and ice from historic winter storms. Three people have already died in floods that have the river cresting to four feet above its last record depth.

In Nebraska, Offutt Air Force Base—home to the US Strategic Command, which oversees nuclear forces, was flooded, with some part of inundated by as much as eight feet of water. Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin have all declared states of emergencies.

Photos show how massive amounts of floodwater can spread quickly and wreak havoc over such a flat plain. An emergency official quoted by the AP summed up the problem: “It’s flowing fast and it’s open country—there’s nothing there to slow it down.”

Herschel Talley/Nebraska National Guard via Reuters
Floodwaters inundate Camp Ashland, an Army National Guard facility on March 17.
Herschel Talley/Nebraska National Guard via Reuters
A closer view of Camp Ashland on March 17.
Herschel Talley/Nebraska National Guard via Reuters
A tank amid the floodwaters at Camp Ashland on March 17.
Rachelle Blake/U.S. Air Force via Reuters
Offutt Air Force Base and the surrounding area as seen from the air on March 16.
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts via Reuters
An aerial view of the wreaked Spencer Dam near Bristow, Nebraska on March 16.
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts via Reuters
Damaged buildings in Valley, Nebraska, on March 16.
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts via Reuters
A flooded neighborhood in Valley, Nebraska on March 16.
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts via Reuters
Another view of Valley, Nebraska on March 16.
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts via Reuters
The Niobrara River floods over Highway 12 in Nebraska.
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts via Reuters
An aerial view of Spencer Dam on March 16.
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts via Reuters
Highway 275 is seen underwater after amid historic flooding, near Waterloo, Nebraska on March 16.
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts via Reuters
Flooded homes on the Elkhorn River in Nebraska on March 16.

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