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Millions endure scorching heat across the US, while floodwaters deluge the Midwest

A home is surrounded by floodwaters (Via Trevor Scott/Shutterstock)

Millions of Americans endured another scorching day as temperatures soared across the U.S. on Sunday. Meanwhile, in the Midwest, residents faced severe flooding that prompted evacuations, including in an Iowa town where the flood gauge was submerged. Tragically, one person lost their life due to flooding in South Dakota, according to the governor.

From the mid-Atlantic to Maine, across the Great Lakes region, and stretching westward to California, public officials warned about the risks of extreme heat and humidity. In Oklahoma, the heat index was forecasted to reach 107 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius) on Sunday.

In the Midwest, particularly where South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota converge, floodwaters continued to rise throughout the weekend. In northwest Iowa, 13 rivers overflowed, causing significant impacts as described by Eric Tigges from Clay County emergency management.

Entire neighborhoods, including at least one entire town, were evacuated. Spencer, Iowa, implemented a curfew for the second consecutive night due to record-breaking flooding exceeding levels set in 1953.

Flooded highway (Via Trevor Scott/Shutterstock)

“When the flood gauge is submerged, it indicates a very high water level,” Tigges explained during a news conference organized by Spencer officials.

Governor Kim Reynolds declared a disaster for 21 counties in northern Iowa, including Sioux County. Drone footage shared by the local sheriff depicted submerged streets, with only rooftops and treetops visible above the water.

Reynolds reported that more than 1,000 displaced residents sought shelter on Saturday night, with National Guard troops aiding in water rescues and transporting essential medications lost in the floods.

“Businesses are closed, main streets are affected,” Reynolds stated. “Hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities were evacuated. Some cities are without power, and some lack access to safe drinking water.”

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