Flooding Wreaks Havoc Across US Midwest
Almost 70% of the counties in Nebraska and large portions of five other states in the United States Midwest region are reeling from the impact of a bomb cyclone winter storm on March 14. The rains and snow left damaging floods across Nebraska, Iowa, and sections of Missouri, South Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. At least four people in Nebraska have died in the floodwaters. Thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed, and the economic impact to the region is expected to top 1 billion US dollars.
The storm covered the region with heavy rains and blizzard-like conditions, which were followed by warmer weather that melted standing snow, adding to the rising waters. More than 30 levees were breached in Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers, which handed out hundreds of thousands of sandbags to help fight the flooding. The Nebraska governor called the aftermath "the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state's history." The flooding killed livestock, destroyed grains in storage, and cut off access to farms because of road and rail damage.
In Nebraska, the Nazarene church in Fremont opened immediately as an emergency shelter in partnership with the Red Cross, housing almost 100 people in need before consolidating with another community shelter. Both districts in Nebraska and Iowa are undergoing the process of assessing needs of their members and neighbors and determining the best ways to respond in both the short and long term. It is expected that some Nazarene disaster relief teams will travel to the Midwest to support the local churches and districts and their recovery efforts, and one trip is being planned now from a Nazarene Disaster Response team to help the districts impacted with an assessment of needs.
At the moment, there is no need for donations of goods or new Crisis Care Kits.
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