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These Pictures Show The Historic Flooding That Has Devastated The Midwest

At least three people have died and hundreds have been forced to evacuate after melting snow and torrential rainfall have caused flooding along rivers in the Midwest.

Posted on March 18, 2019, at 2:05 p.m. ET

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An aerial view of Spencer Dam after a storm triggered historic flooding, near Bristow, Nebraska, on March 16.

Melting snow and torrential rainfall have caused flooding along rivers in the Midwest, leaving three dead and forcing the evacuation of hundreds more. Floodwaters have surpassed historic levels in at least 17 locations across the region.

On Thursday, a 50-year-old Nebraska man was swept away by flood waters as he attempted to rescue a person trapped in their car, according to state emergency management officials. In Iowa, a 55-year-old man drowned after being overcome by the rising waters in Riverton, according to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office. At the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, the rising Missouri River has forced the evacuation of all nonessential personnel and their families.

These pictures show the communities left devastated by these historic floods.

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The swollen Pecatonica River spills into downtown Darlington, Wisconsin, on March 14.

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The Sand Creek in Jordan, Minnesota, is flooded on March 15.

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Floodwaters reach the front yards of homes in Freeport, Illinois, on March 15.

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A destroyed highway in Niobrara, Nebraska, on March 16.

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Flooded RVs are washed away by floodwaters in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on March 17.

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Neighborhoods and homes are flooded near Nebraska's Elkhorn River on March 16.

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A train is stranded in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on March 17.

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Left: A damaged building in Niobrara, Nebraska, on March 16. Right: Ice and debris from the aftermath of a historic flood in Niobrara on March 16.

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First responders rescue dogs and residents in Valley, Nebraska, on March 15.

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Horses are rescued in Inglewood, Nebraska, on March 15.

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A horse and carriage works its way through a flood in Darlington, Wisconsin, on March 14.

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Left: Debris left after historic flooding in Niobrara, Nebraska, on March 16. Right: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Sen. Ben Sasse address a community meeting in Niobrara on March 16.

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The flooded National Guard facilities at Camp Ashland, Nebraska, on March 17.

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National Guard facilities at Camp Ashland on March 17.

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A flooded runway at Offutt Air Force Base on March 16.

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A man works to build a berm around his home in Freeport, Illinois, on March 15.

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A collapsed bridge over the Elkhorn River in Stanton, Nebraska, on March 15.

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A man observes the flooding in Jordan, Minnesota, on March 15.


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