AKIPRESS.COM - Thawing snowpack and heavy rains have brought historically high flooding to several Midwestern states and have led to thousands of evacuations, BBC reports.
Three people have died, including a man who officials say was trying to rescue strangers from freezing flood waters.
Record-breaking flooding in at least five states has led to emergency declarations. Several communities have been cut off from outside help.
It follows a powerful winter storm that slammed the US last week.
A hurricane-like weather phenomenon that scientists call a "bomb cyclone" hit the western Rocky Mountains and US Central Plains last week, showering snow and freezing rains on millions of Americans in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota.