On top of the snow, several inches of rain fell - prompting rivers to rise even more. Together, melting snow and drenching rains combined to create the worst case flooding scenario. The rising waters have absolutely devastated agriculture. Hay fields taken over by giant chunks of ice; cattle stranded on newly formed islands. Residents of several Nebraska towns were forced to evacuate as floodwaters encroached on homes and highways. Even Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha was inundated by floodwaters. More than one-third of the base was submerged on Sunday morning. Thirty buildings had been flooded with up to eight feet of water, with even more structures damaged. Approximately 3,000 feet of the base's 11,700-feet runway was underwater. As extensive and catastrophic flooding continues through the next few days stay tuned right here on WeatherNation as we give you the latest details on this historic flooding event. Watch more videos from this catastrophic flooding event.
Snow melt to swollen rivers.Extensive flooding in Iowa & Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/ELUU8rA9jM — Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) March 16, 2019