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    One of our own might be in peril.

    PM'ed Jerry L about the flooding in Nebraska. At the time he was OK but an ice dam broke several miles from his house and the area he is in is cut off and isolated. Let's wish him best of luck. He has his cars up on blocks in the garage. At least he has his priorities straight.
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    yikes

    hope he makes it through this unscathed

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    I was following him on another forum. I usually think it’s us facing flooding here in Florida but never Nebraska. Last hurricane, I had the sledgehammer and chainsaw ready to cut a hole to the roof from the attic and fireman-carry mom through. Plus, I was ready to grab my neighbor’s 12ft. skiff as a last option. It’s funny now but at that moment, watching the flood waters rise, it was scary.

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    I have a high school friend who lives in Nebraska. Long haul trucker. The town, 15 miles from were his house is at had the dam burst, killing two. His back yard is now part of the flooded river banks. It sounds bad and unexpected there. I hope Jerry makes it through ok.
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    Thanks guys! I'm still above the water level and it looks like the water is beginning to recede, this time for good. (I hope) The bad news is many of the bridges that connect this town to the rest of the world are either gone or too damaged to use. So even when the water is all gone we are still going to be isolated for a while. I know several people who live here but work in other towns, and they are currently hunkered down in those places for the duration. I have a friend that works in Omaha and his commute to work just got an hour longer. There are three major routes between here and Omaha and all three will be unusable after the water is gone. The Pacific street bridge is gone. The Dodge street and Maple rd bridges are still there, but damaged beyond repair. The only option now is to go south quite a ways or north even farther before going east. And that's only IF those bridges are OK. The problem is, there will be a lot more traffic, and I mean A LOT more traffic on those roads.

    The national guard escorted a convoy of trucks full of supplies over roads currently closed to the public. I understand they came up from Lincoln and crossed the Platte way west of here and came in on Highway 30, but had to scrape a few tons of mud off the highway first to make it passable.

    Here's a shot I took about a half mile from my house. It doesn't look like much water behind that sandbag levee, but the water is coming from the left side of the photo, not the right.

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    Here's a shot of the Miata waiting for me to take it back down off the jack stands. At least I can swap out the winter tires with my summer tires first, so the time I spent putting it up there wasn't a complete waste of time.

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    I ordered a new aluminum coolant tank for the Miata last week. It was supposed to get here today, but FedEx tracking info moved the delivery date to Tuesday. Right now it's in Kansas City. But I-29 is under water in places too, so I have my doubts that it will arrive any time soon.

    Thanks again for thinking about me! I am shocked and disappointed that this historic flood isn't making much noise in the "media" for some reason. Must be much more important stuff going on somewhere, eh?
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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that there is a small airstrip near here and the pilots that keep planes there have been flying people and supplies in and out of here *no charge* non-stop. I live under the approach to the runway and the number of planes overhead have increased dramatically. Choppers too. Many of my friends and family have volunteered many many hours filling sandbags and constructing temporary levees.

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    Plenty of media coverage now. Wow! Public radio said agriculture hit hard.
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    I’m glad you’re surviving, Jerry. Yes, the news is giving us l lot more coverage now. What a disaster! Rushing and rising water can be a humbling and scary experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minuteman048 View Post
    Plenty of media coverage now. Wow! Public radio said agriculture hit hard.

    Yeah, cows can swim... sort of. But not in ice water for very long. Check out this article Expect beef and pork prices to spike. Chicken too I guess. The fields that are above the flood can be planted on schedule, assuming tractors and other ag equipment is still useable, but the lower land will have to dry out first, so expect corn and soy bean prices to spike too. All the center pivot irrigation equipment that was damaged won't be available for use this summer when it gets hot and dry, so that will add to the low/late production woes.

    I was able to get to Omaha yesterday when they opened Maple street. All the reports I got from a certain social media site said that it would be months (probably) before *any* road opened. But today highway 77 south out of town is open, highway 275 is open to Maple street and highway 36 has one lane open, and with the help of a pilot car, traffic is getting through. Albeit slowly. Highway 30, east and west out of town are still closed and will remain closed for a while. Perhaps all summer... maybe years. Damage was that extensive. Dodge street and Center street, same deal. Maybe years before they are passable again.

    So what happened? How did this relatively small amount of rain cause this much flooding? It was only about an inch, maybe an inch and a half of rain that fell in the space of a day and a half, but it fell on a snowpack of over two feet of snow. There was at least that much in my front yard. All that snow melted quickly with the help of that warm rain, and the ground was still frozen solid under it. The rain and snow melt had nowhere else to go but straight into the streams, creeks and rivers, which quickly filled to capacity and beyond. Then the dikes and levees started breaking down and that only got worse when the still frozen rivers started breaking up and the ice started jamming up against bridges. Then when the ice jam broke free it would all go down stream until it found something else to jam up on, and then break free again... and then find a dike or levee to smash with giant blocks of ice followed by a shit-ton of ice water. And then the dam up north at Yankton SD opened it's floodgates because it was in danger of being breeched, and that added to the Missouri rivers capacity problem. And it's all headed south thru Kansas right now. So they are going to be having some trouble now too. I don't know how much the "media" told you guys about how and what, but that's my close up and personal perspective.

    The good news is, my coolant tank was delivered by FedEx yesterday while I was in Omaha. I happened to spot one of their trucks headed towards Fremont when I was on my way to town and thought maybe my item was on it. It was! Now I can get it swapped out today or tomorrow. Still kinda cold out there in the mornings. (It's 35 right now) Once it warms up to over 40 I'll go out and see if I can get it installed.

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