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Heavy snowpack and early spring rains in parts of the Midwest are causing major flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries. This past weekend, for example, the Missouri River bested the U.S. Air Force: "Between Saturday night and early Sunday, the 55th Wing [stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, NE] called off a 30-hour, round-the-clock sandbagging effort because the floodwaters were rising too fast. 'It was a lost cause. We gave up,' said Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake, a 55th Wing spokeswoman. By Sunday morning, one-third of the base was underwater, she said. ... Offutt officials could not predict when normal flight operations would resume. ... 'If we’re at a somewhat operational level in 30 days, that’ll be a win,' said Gary Kaufman, Offutt’s airfield manager." The high water is soon to enter the state of Missouri, which is crossed by the Missouri River before emptying into the Mississippi north of St. Louis. (Quote about Offutt AFB from www.omaha.com/news/military/it-s-just-heartbreaking-air-force-gives-up-fight-to/article_631f9b34-5271-50e8-b5eb-19f488daaf32.html)
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