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Say a prayer for Nebraska!
Our state is getting destroyed right now! The western part is in a blizzard and at one point recorded 97mph winds. I live in the eastern part and about every town has been evacuated from flooding caused by rain, snow melt and ice jams. We have lost multiple bridges and dams. At least 1 person has been swept away by the flooding!
I have heard it’s bad. Hope everyone comes out ok!! Go Huskers
Prayers sent! Hang in there--crazy winter.
Terrible. I feel for you folks down there.
Holy hell! I heard it was rough out there, but had no idea...
I'll have to divide mine between NE and ND I guess. My sis-in-law said yesterday that they had lots and lots of snow and expecting rain last night. All the storm drains are frozen, so where in hell is the run-off going ? Crazy weather throughout the midwest. I feel for them and the animals as well, both wild and domestic.
Prayers for you guys!!
Hopefully you will get a break from this crazy, destructive weather the midwest has been through this winter. About a month straight of warm, dry weather would cure a lot of problems.
Wow, this is the first I've even heard about that!
Oh my God! That storm blew through here yesterday but it looks like it picked up steam going your way. Prayers for everyone in Nebraska from Colorado!
We have a get a way cabin at Woodcliff Lakes in eastern Nebraska. Had the Platte River water come in some around 2:30 am. Went down and cleaned up what mess we had the best we could. Completely washed out under the patio. Was let back down a while ago but not for long. Took out more valuables and stacked stuff high but the river is now worse than early this morning. And I expect it to come over the road again. For those of you who know Bryce Lambley, he lives here in Fremont too, except on a different lake heading into town. While driving to town today I saw that his lake is completely flooded full up to the houses, and saw several cars covered and the water almost up to the highway. Lets hope he has all of his mounts hanging high on the wall. This is a 100 year flood. Say prayers for everyone involved and there are a lot of folks and areas in Nebraska worse off that us.
Sioux Falls SD has flooding as well. I expect Mn to flood this year. Then all the water will eventually end up going south.
I'm on a hill so I didnt get much flooding, just a little bit of wet carpet in the basement!
I thought it hit Colorado hard! That would be hard to believe without pictures!
Thoughts and prayers for all of NE
A lot of people in a tough place right now. Never saw anything like this. Such a widespread deal.
Contacted a couple elk hunting acquaintances down there and said it was nasty. A prayer for everybody affected.
May as well get used to it. At least attempting to do something about climate change would work better than prayers.
Man! That's bad stuff. Hope and pray lives will be spared and life as you all know it returns soon.
My prayers go out to everyone. I feel so bad for the situation. My fellow farmers, my heart is broken for you. It is hard enough as it is but when something like this happens … It is just so hard. It seems like heaven and hell are against you. I pray that somehow the goodness that follows can restore hope.
Prayers for you guys. And, Ziek too.
7 fire/ rescuers men were just rescued from the Elkhorn River in the dark near Arlington, NE after their rescue boat tipped over. They had been in the river for over an hour. They were air lifted from the scene in 2 Blackhawk helicopters and flown to the Fremont Airport and then transported to the Fremont Hospital. All 7 will be all right. These guys were most likely volunteer fireman and rescue from their local department. To all you rescuers, firemen, EMT's out there today, I salute you.
Be safe out there. I am surprised that’s not making national news. I am not surprising that Ziek proved again he is bowsites biggest douche bag.
I have a buddy that drives Semi's and he says it is the worst he has ever experienced in like 20 years of driving coast-to-coast.
Keep the Faith, Robb
Prayers..... So sorry to see this. I am planning on visiting with my daughter in a few short weeks. We are seeing some flooding here in MN, but not anywhere near that level.
Did not realize it was this bad. Prayers and best wishes!
Dang it. I spent this morning thinking about this. You guys get out of the way. Stuff is just stuff. It will be replaced. This is awlful.
It’s something else right now. We have a lot of flooding here in S.D. but Nebraska is 10x worse. We went below freezing last night so we’ll get the water going down today and to slow things down. We still have major major snowpack to melt so not out of the woods by a long shot. Prayers for everyone impacted. We live up pretty high and have no impact other than our commutes being a lot longer due to flooding. Prayers for our first responders as well. I’ve never seen such stupidity as I’ve seen out of some people here in SF the past two days that end up putting our first responders at risk.
Wow, I can’t imagine the devastation. Just looking at those pictures makes a guy sick. Prayers to those involved, and a big salute to the rescue responders.
WOW!!!!!!! I haven’t been following the national news- had NO IDEA!
Prayers for all those involved!
WOW hope they get the help they need.
Rut Nut, folks out here help themselves so there hasn't been much on the national news about it at this point.
Tanner, stay safe! You are my families prayers!
Thanks for the prayers and thoughts! Brotsky you are right. Had this happened in other parts of the country it would have been 10x worse.
I hear ya Brotsky- different world out there! ;-)
You guys miss my point. I feel for those people, also. But dumping Trump and his refusal to even acknowledge that we have a major world wide disaster in the making, let alone trying to do something about it and actually taking steps to ensure it gets worse, faster, would be far more helpful in these situations than sending prayers when they occur.
I also didn't know it was going on. Prayers from Bozeman. Unreal. Hope things change soon for you guys.
We had frost in the ground, also several inches of snow on the ground with a couple of inches of rain. No where for the runoff to soak into which created mass flooding. It is reported that something real similar happened back in the early 1900s during the last stint of global warming!
Terrible. My heart goes out to all these people. Ziek, maybe you missed everyone else's point as you are the only one that insists on turning it political.
Thoughts and prayers sent from Tennessee Lewis
Positive energy on the way. I've been hearing about it, but had not seen images yet - WOW! When that dam went out, it had to cause epic quantities of damage... Scary stuff!
The Elkhorn River is 2.5 ft above its record level and is predicted to rise another 2.5 feet today.
Just saw pictures of cows stuck on islands in the middle of the river, it is crazy. I almost feel guilty here, as being out in the sandhills, we just have been moving our cows and calves to the hills to get them out of the mess. 24/7 watching calving cows and moving them out of the mud/snow/water/ice to warm dry places and then trying to find new places to move them. We are getting along fine with more work, I feel for the people who are doing the same or more work and losing everything. Cattle aren't just our job, it's our way of life and we are responsible for the care of them. Calves come in the house when in dire need. It's how we make our living, providing good clean beef. We are lucky to be surrounded by great people that are willing to help if we need it. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.
Climate Change and Weather explained.
my prayers go to you guys & iv got no dog in the climate change fight HOWEVER it's undeniable that intense weather is happening at an alarming rate like never never before seen in our lifetime.
So is global cooling!
Just saw on the news where ranchers were literally digging some of their cattle that were completely covered, out of snowdrifts in SD!
prayers sent, governor said its the worst flooding in the last 50 years
Not nice we will keep you’s in prayer.
Hang in there. Just got a "snowmageddon" at our place. This is the "climate change" that has always happened. Where I live now used to be an ocean.
Wondering if the Boeings Ziek flew for his entire career were solar-powered, and the truck he drove to airport parking every week was wind-powered? And the RV they travel in now?. Hmmmmmmmmm?
I spoke to someone yesterday to see if the CG is going to send out some surface and air assets to respond to the region. The word I got as of yesterday morning was the situation is being monitored. Things may have changed in the 18 or so hours since I got that word. I checked the CG news sites and didn't see any news releases yet. The units should be ready to go if the word comes down.
Prayers sent from Missouri.
I pray that everyone comes out ok and the losses are completely devastating!
Do I drive a truck.....yes Do I fly occasionally...yes Do I hate winter in MT....Absolutely
But to laugh and downplay the global climate change taking place is downright ignorant!
losses AREN’T completely devastating
Prayers sent from Virginia.
The number of Major bridges out in our state is unbelievable. There are videos that show 100 ft sections of concrete bridge being carried downstream. One bridge in particular was several hundred feet long and it is no where in sight. The Niobrara River up by Beav had ice chunks 2 to 4 ft thick! In my area around Omaha and south it’s easily the worst flooding ever seen. All three major rivers are 10+ feet over flood stage. Things should settle down by Monday here. Then the work begins. I really feel for the cow/calf guys all over our state it’s been an unusually long cold snowy wet and now muddy calving season.
The climate is always changing. Always has, always will. We just came out of a mini ice age. The question is how much of it is anthropogenic, especially when "political scientists" get caught cherry-picking and outright fabricating data, the models are continually wrong, (skiing will be a thing of the past and by 2020 our children won't ever see snow, remember?), and big league atmospheric scientists like William Gray and Roger Pielke, among many others, are excluded from the IPCC and peer-review process because their research teams don't toe the "company line".
FWIW....here is an article about Pittsburgh and the east coast being underwater from the floods plus cold weather. The year...1901
Massive floods in the Los Angeles area....death toll at 48. The year....1938.
Searching Google News Archives....you can locate natural disasters back in the 1800's. They are just small articles describing the death and destruction. Point being there have always been natural disasters....these days they get the constant media exposure and the agenda-driven attribution to climate change.
Wonder if major roadways in and out of Omaha still might be affected come mid April?
as I said earlier EXTREME weather is happening at an alarming rate. & whatever you believe is just that. some I feel ignore science data & adhere to whatever there political party believes to be true. & some say well yes it's happening (BUT)it's just a natural cycle in the earths life. like a mega volcano blowing it's top & putting more carbons in the atmosphere in one day than we have in 50 years. I'm somewhere in the middle & to those that don't think we're affecting the atmosphere try sticking a hose over your vehicles exhaust pipe & thru the window & sit in there for 5 minutes !#!# then imagine 10 million vehicles running every day. it's not ignorable we are affecting the weather
Global Warming is real ?? (same for MM climate change) .... what a stupid lie and ignorance that is !! ......... climate change may happen, but it has nothing to do with humans ... the climate/earth will do what it wants and as the sun allows .... yes, prayers for those involved in this disaster ....
to whom are you talking to ..... the MM climate change/warming fools ?? .....
Terrible news out there.
Really hope this gets straightened out for all the folks out there.
So what’s the latest updates? Hopefully the water levels are lowering...
Read a quote today from one of the emergency officials saying this is only a "dress rehearsal for the upcoming main event" in a few weeks when all the snow in the north central starts to melt and floods the Mississippi-Missouri watersheds.
The Platte river south of Fremont where I live has dropped considerably but its still high and moving fast. A levee break west of us near North Bend, NE today created more flooding for that poor town which is still completely flooded. There is still no highways open in or out of Fremont. The NeDOT opened one lane today of a closed hwy by removing more than 5' of mud and sand off so a caravan of around 7 or 8 semis could bring food and fuel to town. Food was brought in by the HyVee grocery store chains of Iowa and was escorted in by the Nebraska State Troopers. It took them 2 1/2 hrs (normally 30 min.) to make the trip from Omaha. Sounds like a couple of highways into Fremont might be open by Wednesday. If you can google up the video of the truck caravan somehow its pretty cool. More flooding along the Missouri River in SE Nebraska along I-29. Still not many if any ways to get into west Omaha. On another note keep prayers for the western cattle ranchers. Lots of calves being born in the mud and snow and not making it. Tough year for them. For those of you that are attending the P&Y banquet in April, I feel things should be better by then around Omaha. Only issue maybe by then would be the melting coming down from MN and WI flowing into Iowa. Lets hope for the best.
As a Nebraska native I really hate to see this, but the fact is that if you build in the floodplain, this is what happens, unfortunately a high percentage of the population in NE( many unknowingly) chose to buy or build in these lowland, flood -prone areas. If there is flood insurance for these folks hopefully they will choose to build in the uplands above the floodplain next time and avoid this pain in the future. For the folks on either side of the climate change debate this event should not come as a surprise evidence of weather events like this go back hundreds of years.
"For the folks on either side of the climate change debate this event should not come as a surprise evidence of weather events like this go back hundreds of years. "
^^ That....except it never got the exposure (or notice) like it does today with the advent of technology.
Seen this article a bit ago....
More flooding expected for devastated U.S. plains states [Reuters] By Dan Whitcomb and Barbara Goldberg ,Reuters•March 17, 2019 More flooding expected for devastated U.S. plains states
By Dan Whitcomb and Barbara Goldberg
(Reuters) - There was no let up in sight for devastating floods across the U.S. Central Plains states that have already killed two people, torn apart homes and businesses and cut off small towns, forecasters said on Sunday.
Water levels were expected to rise through the week, according to the National Weather Service, prompting evacuations in communities along the Missouri River on the Nebraska and Iowa border, as well as the Elkhorn and Platte rivers in Nebraska.
"We're looking at widespread flooding that continues until at least early next week in the Plains and Midwest region," said meteorologist Marc Chenard with the service's Weather Prediction Center.
"The big ones are at record stages right now," Chenard said. "There have been some levy breaks so there are towns that are flooded."
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, who declared a statewide emergency last week, wrote on Twitter that he witnessed "unbelievable devastation" when he visited several flooded communities on Saturday.
"Getting an update from local officials and public safety personnel in Missouri Valley today. Rain and melting snow have caused severe flooding all across Iowa," Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said on Sunday on Twitter.
Reynolds also issued an emergency proclamation at the outset of the flooding.
The massive floods have come in the aftermath of a late-winter storm that dumped snow and rain on the nation's midsection last week.
The weather was blamed for two deaths, including one person who died at home after failing to evacuate, and a man swept away while trying to tow a trapped car with his tractor.
Some small towns and communities have been cut off by floodwaters while others have seen fresh drinking water become scarce.
Meteorologists have referred to the storm, which blew from the Western Rockies to the Central Plains last week, as a "bomb cyclone," a winter hurricane that forms when the barometric pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours.
"That system brought 1 to 3 inches of rainfall but, on top of that, there was already a deep snowpack over much of the area. So a combination of the rain and snow melt had a large volume of water going pretty quickly into the rivers," Chenard said.
I should have mentioned that I-80 is open to and from Omaha across the state
Prayers sent from MN.....and many of the rivers won't crest until later this week.
Many folks will need physical help and financial assistance to get back up , prayers for many at this time maybe nice, but they need assistance asap.
Maybe Pope and Young could have a fundraiser at the banquet for those in need do to the flood. It will all help in some way.
You are not hearing much about this natural disaster as the main stream media are still busy chasing Trump. You would think that after 2+ years they would give up.
Well the good news is my dad is high and dry as most of Blair sits on the Missouri River bluffs. My mom's side farms by Bruning are a loooong ways from waterways so I expect they are fine too. Although I don't believe that I actually have met him, the bad news is the tavern and house that were washed away at Spencer was occupied by my third cousin Kenny Angel (was in the house) and he is missing and we can only presume the worst at this point.
Steve H, very sad and uncertain news about the gentleman (out of respect for the family) and his house, they have estimated that there was an 11 foot wall of water and piled even higher with ice as a result of and in conjunction with the Spencer dam disaster. It also took out the rural water line that feeds Lynch and Butte areas as well as Fiber Optic lines and power along the now destroyed HWY 281 bridge just downstream. The reason this hasn't been picked up by the national news media is that the people of Nebraska and surrounding states just put their head down and help each other out. There's no racial or political division, no looting, no helpless people crying that FEMA didn't rescue them. And most importantly not enough viewership to make money off of the coverage, its a sad reality of the state of our national news media.
Condolences for relatives of Kenny Angel and all the others who have lost lives and property. Too bad the MSM has no interest in "flyover country" states colored red. EagleEyeAndy's post hits the mark.
Steve....sorry to hear about your 3rd cuz. I hope things turn out positive.
"It was a lost cause. We gave up," said Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake, a 55th Wing spokeswoman.
By Sunday morning, one-third of the base was underwater, she said. About 60 structures have been damaged, most on the south end of the base. No one, though, has been injured.
Of the base's 200 buildings, 30 are completely inundated with as much as 8 feet of water, including the 55th Wing headquarters building, the E-4B Nightwatch hangar and the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility. About 3,000 feet of the base's 11,700-foot runway are submerged.
"It’s devastating to the 55th Wing, devastating to the installation and the facilities," said U.S. Rep Don Bacon, R-Neb., a retired Air Force officer who commanded Offutt and the 55th Wing. "They just took a punch to the gut."
.... and it's raining here again.
Supposed to be 60 degrees up here in SD over the weekend. Going to dump a bunch more snow melt into the system next week.
Prayer d=said for the folks affected by this. God Bless <><
Hopefully the traditional snow melt doesn't have as big of an impact as this event did. I tend to think it shouldn't. There were a lot of variables that had to come together right (or wrong) to make this flood happen. Above average snow pack, frozen ground, sudden onset of well above average melting temps, and a widespread and warm rain event all had an impact. I don't know the particulars on how big an impact ice jams were to each flooded river, but I'm sure they played a part. Hoping for the best for the remainder of the snow melt season for all involved.
Absolutely horrible. I will pray for all the folks and their livestock.