Floodwaters are lapping near the U.S. Strategic Command, after the surging Missouri River inundated one-third of a Nebraska air base.
Flooding that started by a week ago has sent muddy water inside about 80 buildings at Offutt Air Force Base outside Omaha, and submerged part of its two-mile runway. Strategic Command there escaped damage, but temporarily cut staffing to a minimum.
It’s caused officials to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft.
The late-winter floods that have swept over Plains states starting last week — breaching levees, halting Amtrak trains, and killing at least three people — are also the second major inundation in less than a decade to hit the air base outside Omaha.