States of emergency have been declared in Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin states due to severe flooding as of Tuesday, March 19, following a bomb cyclone weather event in recent days that brought heavy rain, high winds, and rapid snowmelt to the Great Plains and Upper Midwest regions. The flooding has left at least four people dead, caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, and forced thousands of people to evacuate affected areas.
Further forecast rainfall is expected to exacerbate flooding across parts of the affected regions over the coming days. Significant transportation and business disruptions are to be anticipated in flooded areas.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports and flood stage forecasts, anticipate road closures and business disruptions, budget additional time to reach their destinations, and avoid crossing flooded roadways.
Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of water is enough to knock over an adult - and floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; any items in contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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