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Nebraska under water: Two killed as record levels of flooding break through dams, turn towns into islands, and force people onto their rooftops to be rescued as 2,600 are urged to evacuate (19 Pics)

  • Nebraska is reeling from record levels of flooding - the worst in 50 years - that has killed two locals
  • Platte County farmer James Wilke, 50, died Thursday while trying to rescue trapped locals on his tractor
  • Norfolk man Aleido Rojas Galan, 55, died Friday after his car got swept in the current and he swam for help
  • He was found clinging on to a tree for dear life and later succumbed to his injuries 
  • Nebraska's Niobrara, Platte, Missouri and Elkhorn Rivers broke their banks and flooded this week
  • The Niobrara River broke the Spencer Dam on Thursday, submerging the nearby town of Lincoln
  • The town of Fremont was turned into an island when the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers overflowed
  • Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency in 53 counties, saying that one-third of the state has been affected in the devastating floods
  • Rain and snow is still forecast for Monday and Tuesday 

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