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Late-winter storm wallops four US states, snarls travel

AFP  |  Chicago 

A late winter storm on Wednesday caused widespread flooding and snarled travel in the Nebraska, Iowa, and Wyoming, forcing evacuations in some areas.

Blizzard conditions and flooding closed numerous roadways in the region. Nearly 1,400 flights were canceled at Denver airport, where all runways were shut down.

declared a state of emergency and troops were activated.

troops in were put on alert for possible activation, as emergency officials braced for the storm to intensify overnight there.

"This has the potential to be a very severe weather event," said.

"We're already seeing flooding in a number of communities and evacuations in several communities."

was walloped by heavy snow and high winds gusting to as much as 90 miles per hour -- leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power, according to the

Schools, businesses and government facilities were closed in Wyoming, according to the Tribune Eagle, which itself was forced to shut down because of the weather.

Officials in said they expected flooding there to worsen -- potentially to record levels.

"It is an unprecedented event today," said Kyle Schneweis, Nebraska's

"Just today we're facing blizzards, white-out conditions, flooding, dense fog, and each of those pose a unique risk," he said.

An area north of was evacuated as floodwaters topped a levee, according to television station

The also predicted river flooding from rain and snowmelt in parts of Iowa, which could last into the weekend.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 10:00 IST