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Historic, widespread flooding will continue through May, NOAA says

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Several states in the upper Midwest, including portions of North and South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, were categorized at a major flood risk, concentrated around the Missouri and MS rivers, according to the forecast.

More than a dozen levees have breached in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has handed out hundreds of thousands of sandbags to help with the flood fight.

The worst may not be over; the National Weather Service has said that "m$3 ajor to historic and catastrophic flooding" is expected to continue "through the short range" across parts of the Missouri and Mississippi River Basins. The majority of the records NEMA listed involved the Missouri River, which crested between 30 and 47.5 feet in different areas throughout the state since Tuesday, breaking previous records by 1 to 4 feet.

Ricketts estimated that more than 2,000 homes and 340 businesses were damaged or destroyed by the flood, at a cost of $85 million.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue said more than a million calves have been lost from the flood damage.

The National Weather Service says that "major to historic river flooding" will continue across parts of the MS and Missouri River Basins.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol said water patrol troopers worked into the night Wednesday, pulling four people from homes and three others from a boat that ran out of gas around the small town of Craig.

The Missouri River already crested upstream of Rulo, Nebraska, and the water was expected to make its way downstream in coming days, cresting Thursday in St. Joseph at its third-highest level on record.

There are more than 130 emergency declarations for Nebraska's cities and counties. A local ethanol plant was also shut down amid the flooding. The flooding led to trains being halted in Missouri, creating transportation problems for both people and products.

The Plains farm aid nonprofit Farm Rescue is launching an effort to bring donated hay to flood-stricken Nebraska ranchers.

He's also conducting an aerial survey and then meeting with more officials at Rosencrans Air National Guard Base later on Thursday afternoon.

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