Two People Died After Record-Breaking Winter Floods In The Midwest

Massive Flooding Follows In Bomb Cyclone’s Wake, With Nebraska Floods Possibly Worst In 50 Years

Historic flooding has followed in the wake of the “bomb cyclone” that rammed into the central U.S. this week, with USA Today reporting that Nebraska experienced what may be the worst floods in half a century. Flooding has continued in swathes of Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, according to CNN.

A bomb cyclone occurs when—as happened last week when a storm that began to form in the Southwest swept across the Central U.S.—pressure drops dramatically in a short period of time, a phenomenon known as “explosive bombogenesis.”

It’s rare for one to happen in the inland U.S., and this week’s storm resulted in severe weather across a massive stretch of the country.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts characterised the situation on Friday as “historic flooding and extreme weather in nearly every region of the state.” Flood teams throughout Nebraska…


Two People Died After Record-Breaking Winter Floods In The Midwest

“This is the worst flood that we’ve had since [1993],” Darlington, Wisconsin Police Chief Jason King told ABC News station WMTV-TV on Friday. “Darlington’s major flood level is 16 feet and we’ve already exceeded that now.” Photo credit: Kent Sievers / AP
After days of record-breaking flooding in Midwestern states across the US, two men have been confirmed dead in Nebraska and Iowa.

James Wilke, a 50-year-old Nebraska farmer, died on Thursday after he tried to use a tractor to save other stranded people but a bridge collapsed, according to the AP. Aleido Rojas Galan, a 52-year-old Nebraska resident, was swept away in a vehicle on Friday night in southwestern Iowa, according to a press release from the Freemont County Sheriff.

“We will get through this together,” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts tweeted on Saturday. “Neighbor helping neighbor.”…


Indonesia: At least 50 dead in floods in Papua

At least 50 people were reported dead and over 59 injured in floods that hit Indonesia’s Papua on Saturday, news agency AFP reported quoting Indonesian officials.

The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain on Saturday.

Dozens of homes were damaged by floodwaters, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said….

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