The Midwest and Plains have been the epicenter for extreme weather since January with record cold, snow, flooding and the lowest atmospheric pressure. And amid Winter Storm Wesley, the bad weather news continues as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extends emergency declaration for flooding in the Plains and Midwest. Wesley may be the cause of the lowest atmospheric pressures on record for the month of April in parts of the central Plains. It could also set all-time multi-day snowfall records in eastern South Dakota and southwest Minnesota. The regional emergency declaration Midwest affected by severe flooding has been extended. The declaration was originally set to expire April 18 and has now been extended to June 3, or until the end of the emergency, whichever is sooner. States included in the declaration are Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week announced it is extending the declaration because emergency conditions have not abated in the affected states. The declaration gives truck drivers providing direct relief to the affected areas temporary relief from hours of service regulations. Record flooding is devastating the Midwest and could saddle Nebraska’s farmers with nearly $1 billion of damage. Unprecedented flood season is expected to continue through
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