The storm was blamed for the death of a Colorado state trooper, who was hit by a auto that slid on ice on the highway as he was attending to a vehicle wreck.
Corporal Daniel Groves, 52, was outside his patrol auto when he was struck. He police said people should be careful during the exit. The mayor of Columbus also told the affiliate stations that person was a farmer on a tractor out to rescue someone from the flood waters.
The midweek storm crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with blizzard conditions. The National Weather Service says the intense weather might have peaked - but isn't letting up yet.
Fajman said parts of northeastern Iowa also can expect more flooding Friday and into the weekend.
"All state offices will be closed today", South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced, citing forecasters' warnings of intense winds.
The window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. The total number of people rescued statewide is likely higher.
The restrictions came as the river reached moderate flood stage at almost 32 feet on Friday at Omaha, where it's expected to crest at almost 34 feet on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
"Interstate 90 in western South Dakota is closed for more than 200 miles", South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Gary Ellenbolt reports for NPR from the city of Aberdeen.
The storm also caused flash flooding across the Plains and Midwest states, the NWS reported. "It's best, very honestly, to stay home".
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A policeman talks to a driver as snow clogs the roads in Lone Tree, Colorado, U.S.in this March 13, 2019 handout photo.
Emergency crews responded after a vehicle was swept off a road in Norfolk, Nebraska, and rising water along the Elkhorn River prompted evacuations of the eastern side of the city of 24,000 people.
"With the frozen ground and amount of rain our area had, it was just a flawless set of circumstances that led to the flooding we're seeing in Nebraska and Iowa", Fajman said.
When a storm drops barometric pressure of at least 24 millibars, units of atmospheric pressure, within 24 hours or less, it bombs out or turns into a bomb cyclone.
"A bomb cyclone on the East Coast around this time previous year killed multiple people, shut down train and plane service and knocked out power to about 2 million people", NPR's Rebecca Hersher reported Wednesday.
This weather phenomenon is being labeled a "bomb cyclone" by meteorologists and this happens when the atmosphere is experiencing bombogenesis.
Scores of motorists took refuge at truck stops in eastern Wyoming while blowing snow forced portions of major highways to close in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota.
"Some of the devastating flooding associated with this storm is due to the fact that heavy rain is falling on areas where there is snow on the ground", said Kristina Dahl, senior climate scientist of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).