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By Dennis Romero

Nebraska is grappling with the worst flooding the state has seen in half a century, according to the state’s governor, as severe weather and heavy rain slammed the Midwest on Friday.

On Friday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts called the flooding “historic,” adding that he would be surveying the extent of the damage.

“Nebraska has experienced historic flooding and extreme weather in nearly every region of the state,” Ricketts tweeted.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency tweeted that emergencies had been declared in 53 counties, 41 cities and one tribal area as of Friday night.

Tom Witke, left, his son Chad, center, and Nick Kenny, launch a boat into the swollen waters of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River in Norfolk, Nebraska, on March 15, 2019.Nati Harnik / AP

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had been in touch with Ricketts about the severe weather.

“The people of Nebraska & across the Midwest, especially the Farmers & Ranchers, are feeling the impacts from severe weather,” he said. “The first responders & emergency response teams have done a great job dealing w/ record flooding, high winds, & road closures.”

As Nebraska dealt with the unprecedented flooding, other states across the region were also struggling with heavy rain and snowfall.

The National Weather Service on Friday said flooding would also affect parts of the Mississippi and Missouri valleys through Monday as a cold front that could end up affecting as many as 74 million Americans moved from the Rocky Mountains toward the East Coast.

Earlier this week the storm became what forecasters describe as a bombogenesis, or a bomb cyclone, where a front drops 24 millibars, or units of atmospheric pressure, in less than 24 hours.

The system was bringing with it not only 2 to 3 inches of rain but temperatures warm enough in some areas to melt snow and ice, which is contributing to flooding, officials and forecasters said. The front will reach the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday and is likely to produce rain there, too, according to the weather service.

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