Photos and video of giant slabs of ice in Niobrara, deposited after the Spencer Dam failed, appear almost other-worldly.

But it's not the first time floodwaters have wreaked havoc on the town of about 370 people in Knox County.

Flooding has forced the town to move three times, according to a History Nebraska blog post titled "Niobrara: A Town Too Tough to Stay Put."

According to History Nebraska:

Niobrara was established in 1857 along the Missouri River, about a mile southeast of its confluence with the Niobrara River.

In March 1881, an ice jam flooded the town with 3 to 6 feet of water. By April, the town had been flooded three times. Teamsters, armed with house jacks, winches and capstans, blocks-and-tackle, oxen, mules and horses moved Niobrara, building by building, to the benchland a mile and a half to the southwest.

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Although moving an entire town seems remarkable, Niobrara was moved again in the 1970s when a rising water table, caused by Gavins Point Dam, threatened the town. The third, and current, town of Niobrara was dedicated on July 4, 1977.

Photos, video from flood-ravaged areas:


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