connectVideoMidwest braces for more floods as millions remain at risk
Melting snow and rain have pushed the Missouri and Mississippi River basins to record highs; Mike Tobin has the latest.
The historic floods that inundated parts of the central U.S. this month was so devastating that the damage can be seen from space.
Beautiful photos released by NASA show the extent of the flooding in various Nebraska communities west of Omaha between the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers, which are fully flooded or became islands as the water rose from both sides.
The intense end of the winter, storms forced residents in dozens of communities to evacuate.
NEBRASKA FLOODS SWAMP AIR FORCE BASE, AS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ‘BOMB CYCLONE’ SEEN IN THE SATELLITE PHOTOS
The above images, courtesy of NASA, shows the extent of flooding on the Platte, the Missouri and Elkhorn Rivers, on the right side. The image on the left shows the same area in March 2018.
According to NASA, a unique confluence of circumstances, including extreme winter cold with a thick layer of ice on the waterways, led to the flooding.
“When an intense storm brought rains and unseasonably warm air to the region in March, it rapidly melted much of the snow and the ice, producing huge runoff in a short period of time,” the space agency explained in a statement.
Flooding along the Missouri River in rural Iowa, north of Omaha, Neb., on March 18, 2019.
(Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management via AP)
“If a river of ice broke large pieces complicates the problem by slamming in to dams, raking against the dikes and other infrastructure, and the packaging together to jam, waterways, and more,” NASA added.
A third of the Offut Air Force Base was underwater and 30 buildings were destroyed and swallowed up by a maximum of 8 feet of water, according to the Omaha World-Herald. In addition, 3000 meters from the base station to 11,700-foot runway was submerged.