Updated May 9, 2019

Historic flooding hits the Midwest, costing farmers millions

Flooding in Davenport, Iowa. Photo: KC McGinnis/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Unprecedented flooding is devastating the Midwest with the Mississippi River rising to some of its highest levels since 1993.

What's new: Heavy rain prompted more flash flooding concerns over Wednesday night, as Kansas residents were evacuated from their homes and dozens of Texas children were left stranded at school, AP reports.

The big picture: The flooding is due to rapid snow melt and heavy spring rains. The resulting series of closures has impacted farmers who rely on the river for transporting crops. It's already been a record-breaking flood season and NOAA continues to warn the flood threat could worsen and affect new areas as new waves of rain are forecasted for the Central states. The flooding caused the U.S. Coast Guard to shut down a 5-mile stretch of the river in St. Louis last week, the Washington Post reports.

By the numbers: Last Thursday, the Mississippi River rose to 22.7 feet in Davenport, Iowa — beating the previous record set in 1993.

  • Flooding this year has already caused an estimated $12 billion in damage, reports the Post, citing an estimate from AccuWeather, affecting homes and businesses, drowning livestock and displacing hundreds.
    • In Nebraska alone, the cost of the damage surpassed $1.3 billion in March — including $449 million in damage to infrastructure, $440 million in crop losses and $400 million in cattle loses, NPR reports.
  • At least 4 people have died due to the latest flooding.

The cost of the damage in the Midwest, along with the consequences of Trump's trade war with China, have farmers fearing for their livelihood.

Go deeper: NOAA warns of "unprecedented flood season" across U.S.

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World coronavirus updates: Cases surge past 720,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

There are now more than 720,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins. The virus has now killed more than 33,000 people — with Italy alone reporting over 10,000 deaths.

The big picture: Governments around the world have stepped up public health and economic measures to stop the spread of the virus and soften the financial impact. In the U.S., now the site of the largest outbreak in the world, President Trump said Sunday that his administration will extend its "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines until April 30.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 718,685 — Total deaths: 33,881 — Total recoveries: 149,076.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 139,675 — Total deaths: 2,436 — Total recoveries: 2,661.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump says his administration will extend its "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines until April 30.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "panicked" some people into fleeing New York
  6. World updates: Italy on Sunday reports 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reports almost 840 dead, another new daily record that bring its total to over 6,500.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Trump says peak coronavirus deaths in 2 weeks, extends shutdown

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President Trump is extending his administration's "15 days to slow the spread" shutdown guidelines for an additional month in the face of mounting coronavirus infections and deaths and pressure from public health officials and governors.

Driving the news: With the original 15-day period that was announced March 16 about to end, officials around the country had been bracing for a premature call to return to normalcy from a president who's been venting lately that the prescription for containing the virus could be worse than the impacts of the virus itself.

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