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Deadly floods in Midwest cause widespread damage

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Deadly floods in Midwest cause widespread damage

Deadly floods in Midwest cause widespread damage

More rain this week could worsen the already devastating floods in the Midwest that have killed at least four people, and inundated stretches of Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River.

Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Deadly floods in Midwest cause widespread damage

Historic flooding in the Midwest has killed at least four people, caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, and left huge stretches of Nebraska and Iowa under water.

Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska have declared states of emergency since last week’s ‘bomb cyclone’ brought extreme winds and heavy rain… and caused existing snow to rapidly melt.

Thousands of residents were forced to flee, as floods overtook homes, farms and roads.

(SOUNDBITE) GREEN ACRES, NEBRASKA RESIDENT, GERALD SIMPSON, SAYING: "They were telling everybody just grab what you can and get out.... Naturally, to save a dollar, we didn't take out any flood insurance.

Now we've lost everything." But, the worst may still be coming.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday said more rain is expected later in the week, and warns that destructive flooding will continue across portions of the Central Plains and Upper Midwest.

(SOUNDBITE) DODGE COUNTY, NE SHERIFF STEVE HESPEN, SAYING: "This recovery isn't going to be a few days or a few weeks, this recovery is going to be months, to possibly a year..." The Missouri River — which has already flooded much of Nebraska between Omaha and Kansas City — was expected to crest Tuesday at more than 47 feet.

That would break the previous record set in 2011.




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