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Pens will visit Nebraska to survey flood damage, Sanders said.



© Tony Dejak/ AP Photo Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio. Pence was in Ohio campaigning for fellow Republicans. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


After a week of historic flooding with record rivers that killed at least three people in the Midwest, Vice President Mike Pines will travel to Nebraska on Tuesday at the president's request, press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday.


Pence will be joined by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.


"Thanks to First Responders and many volunteers who help those affected!" Sanders added a tweet in the announcement of Pence's visit.


The Sarpy County sheriff office in Nebraska said at least 500 homes have been destroyed so far during the floods, causing hundreds of people to flee, The Weather Channel reported Sunday.


One of the two people who died was a 50-year-old Nebraska farmer who tried to rescue a stranger who was trapped in the flood water. James Wilke, 50, drove his tractor to a bridge in an attempt to rescue a stranded driver, but the bridge collapsed.


Betty Hamernik, 80, and a 55-year-old man also died in the flood, The Weather Channel reported. Two other men are still missing.


President Trump sent a tweet about the flood last week.


"I just spoke with @GovRicketts," he wrote. "People in Nebraska and the Midwest, especially Farmers and Ranchers, are feeling the effects of heavy weather.""The first responders and BHV teams have done a good job by handling floods, strong winds and road closures."


The flooding has also displaced residents in nearby Iowa and Missouri.


CTM News | 19th March 2019

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