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Dramatic photos show Offutt Air Force Base engulfed by floodwaters

March 19, 2019

From the Task and Purpose website

From the base commander’s Facebook page | click to enlarge

It may be one of the most important Air Force installations in the continental United States, but Offutt Air Force Base has proven no match for the full fury of the Missouri River.

As record flooding swept through towns across the Midwest, floodwaters had swallowed at least thirty buildings at Offutt as of Sunday and damaged another 30, the 55th Wing announced, including the headquarters of the 55th Wing, 55th Security Forces Squadron, 97th Intelligence Squadron, and 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron

And while the 55th Wing said that Air Force personnel worked round-the-clock to shore up facilities with 235,000 sandbags and 460 flood barriers “to minimize damage as much as possible,” floodwaters were so intense that they eventually abandoned a frantic sandbagging effort.

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