At least 2 people have died in massive floods swallowing eastern Nebraska. Photos show what the damage looks like on the ground.

  • Two people have died after m assive flooding in Nebraska towns shut down roads and swallowed homes over the weekend.
  • After a “bomb cyclone” hit the area with high winds and blizzard conditions, heavy rains overwhelmed areas like the Platte River in the eastern part of the state, causing evacuations in more than 20 communities.
  • Crews are facing frigid temperatures and massive amounts of water as they work in boats and helicopters on rescue missions ahead of more possible floods.

Massive flooding has reportedly shut down roads and swallowed homes in Nebraska and some parts of Iowa over the past week.

After a “bomb cyclone” brought blizzard-like conditions to the area, huge amounts of rain overwhelmed areas like eastern Nebraska’s Platte River, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

Two people have died so far, and authorities reportedly evacuated more than 20 communities before conducting rescue missions by boat and helicopter throughout the weekend.

See what it looks like on the ground:

Eastern Nebraska has been the hardest hit by flooding, as evacuations were ordered for communities near the Platte River by the Iowa border.

Screenshot via Google Maps

Evacuations began Thursday in several communities and continued into the weekend, totaling orders in 20 communities and 23 counties.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

“This may be the most widespread flooding devastation we’ve had in our state in the last half-century,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said after he declared a statewide emergency last week.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

The Nebraskan National Guard operated helicopters for search and rescue missions and putting 56 sandbags in place to protect Lincoln’s water supply.

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Two people have died amid the flooding. Columbus resident James Wilke, 50, died Thursday in the floodwaters of his rural town while trying to rescue someone using his tractor.

Source: The Columbus Telegram

Aleido Rojas Galan, 52, of Norfolk, Nebraska, died when the vehicle he was in got swept away in the floodwaters.

Source: Associated Press

Authorities surveyed damage like collapsed bridges and stranded cattle from the sky on Friday, because areas were either fully covered in water or buried under frozen masses.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

Fire crews, National Guard helicopter teams, and search-and-rescue missions are up against frigid temperatures and frozen chunks of river water in areas like Fremont.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

Many areas have been fighting rising water for at least three days, and authorities said they expect resource missions to continue into the week.

Source: Reuters

Though the Weather Service is predicting “much calmer” weather this week, flooding from the Mississippi and Missouri rivers will continue since warmer temperatures could melt more snow.

Source: National Weather Service

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