Vice President Pence visits Nebraska to see flooding

Homes and businesses are surrounded by floodwater

But one thing we do know: "It's catastrophic for farmers", said Matt Perdue, government relations director for the National Farmers Union. Some roadways crumbled to rubble, while sections of others were submerged.

Homes and businesses are surrounded by floodwater Wednesday in Hamburg, Iowa.

Historic floods have devastated parts of the Midwest, in particular, the state of Nebraska. Head said that was likely to grow as floodwaters recede. "We're hoping it's only $1 billion, but that's only a hope".

"It's one day at a time".

"We should have been getting into planting for next season, but now all of our equipment is flooded and it's going to take at least three to four weeks to bring back that equipment into shape", said Geisler.

Forecasters said the biggest risks include all three Mississippi River basins, the Red River of the North, the Great Lakes, plus the basins of the eastern Missouri River, lower Ohio River, lower Cumberland River and the Tennessee River.

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Missouri's State Emergency Operations Center was partially activated on March 15 in response to flooding, and the Department of Public Safety and its State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri State Highway Patrol along with the Missouri Department of Transportation have been devoting additional resources to supporting communities since then.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday approved a disaster declaration for Nebraska, making federal funding available in nine counties there that bore the brunt of last week's floods.

Laura Kelly has issued an executive order to ease regulations for truckers participating in flood relief across the Midwest.

The Missouri River has swelled following heavy rains and snowmelt earlier this month. Cattle can be seen walking through water.

Roads leading to the Nebraska Public Power District's Cooper nuclear plant near Brownville were engulfed by floodwaters from the Missouri, but the facility was still operating safely at full power on Tuesday.

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