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Historic flooding in U.S. Midwest causes widespread damage

Tuesday, March 19th 2019, 5:36 pm - A weekend of destructive floods across the U.S. Midwest has left communities reeling.

The community of Freemont, Nebraska is in recovery mode after a weekend of destructive floods created widespred damage.

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Resident Rick Poe tells CNN that he, like many others in the area, had to evacuate when the flood hit Friday.

Water levels are receding, but some residents remain unable to access their homes.

The floods come less than a week after the area was hit by heavy snow and blzzard conditions.

HISTORIC FLOODS LEAVE AT LEAST THREE DEAD

At least three people died in the floods, including a man who was attempting to rescue people from freezing water, the BBC reports.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in Nebraska Tuesday as local officials announced emergency declarations for at least 130 cities and counties.

"This really is the most devastating flooding we've probably ever had in our state's history. From the standpoint of how widespread it is," Rick Ricketts, Governor of Nebraska, told reporters Tuesday.

Emergency management officials say the flood has already cost the state more than $205 million.

Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota have also been hit by floods.

VIDEO: MESSY CLEAN-UP FOLLOWING HISTORIC FLOODS

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