Flooding Devastates the Midwest

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In the past couple weeks, Nebraska and the Midwest has suffered a devastating event, one that has caused hundreds of families to evacuate their homes, destroyed towns and farmland, and taken the lives of at least three people.  The culprit: Midwest flooding.   

March 16, 2019, was the date that destruction hit.  The flooding has the potential to get worse, and it is affecting millions.  2,000 homes and 340 business were damaged and even destroyed.  10 million people in 14 states live in places where a flood warning is in effect.  There have been 3 deaths and 2 missing persons.   The cost to effectively repair the damage will be more than 1.3 billion U.S. dollars.   

The recipe for creating such a catastrophe is simple.  Two ingredients: lots of snow/rain, and a bomb cyclone.  Mix well and add a sprinkle of strong winds.  What is a bomb cyclone?  A bomb cyclone is the product of hurricane force winds, atmospheric pressure dropping 24 millibars over 24 hours.  Lots of rain and snow added to the craziness of the weather wonder.    This only led to failed levies and collapsed bridges, which caused more damage.   

Many people don’t understand the extent to which the damage is.  Offut Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska, was forced to shut down, even after the employment of over 20,000 sandbags.  The base is home to over 9,000 service members who had to evacuate.  Farmer James Wilke, 50, died in Columbus, Nebraska, after attempting to rescue stranded motorists on a tractor.  Aleido Rojas Galan, 55, died in a hospital in Fremont, Nebraska, when trying to escape the rising floodwaters.  After refusing to leave home and go to a safer place, a elderly resident passed away as well.   

Both Nebraska and Wisconsin are in a state of emergency.  Vice president Mike Pence visited the most severely flooded sites and stated that it was “some of the worst flooding I’ve ever seen.”  Pete Ricketts, governor, agreed.  “I don’t think there’s ever been a disaster this widespread in Nebraska.”  Nebraska sought a federal disaster declaration, but was denied by congress.  Our farmers are faced with devastating losses in farmland and livestock.   

Sadly, our government is refusing to give our state full financial support in restoring lost and damaged possessions.  Farmers are given almost nothing to cover all their repair cost.  However, we can somehow find the money to help Puerto Rico with disaster aid, which is only a U.S. territory.  Why aren’t we getting as much coverage?  We are in a state of disaster and yet we are not getting noticed.  Midwest flooding only got national news coverage once.   

Donations can be made at multiple locations, including many churches.  Faith Bible Church in Lincoln, NE, is a locations that has multiple bins for donations.  Several restaurants are offering to donate 10-20% of their profits to flood repair.  Volunteer to help with flood cleanup and support those who are desperately in need.  But most importantly, please faithfully pray for the first responders and the victims.   






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