Nebraska is facing the most widespread flooding damage in the last half-century, Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said on Friday, warning that residents "need to be prepared" for severe effects in coming days. A "bomb cyclone" storm slammed the Midwest earlier this week, and the snow melt, combined with rain, has pushed waterways in the region beyond their limits. Dozens of people required rescuing from flooded vehicles and buildings, and officials say one man has died in the floodwaters. Residents were urged to evacuate as rivers continue to rise. "As snow and rain pass, many communities have experienced devastating flooding. This could last for quite some time," said Ricketts on Friday.

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