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Gingersnap
03-17-2010, 10:51 AM
Forecast: Flood risk for third of U.S.
'Potentially historic' in some areas, government says

National Weather Service

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The National Weather Service produced this map of the risk of flooding this spring.

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 9:03 a.m. MT, Tues., March. 16, 2010

More than a third of the contiguous United States faces a high or above average flood risk this spring, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday.

"We are looking at potentially historic flooding in some parts of the country this spring," Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said at a news briefing while presenting the government's spring outlook. NOAA oversees the weather service.

The highest threat is in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. Those areas have already seen some flooding and rivers are rising quickly, especially the Red River between North Dakota and Minnesota.

"Crests could approach the record levels set just last year" along the Red, the service stated. In 2009, about 100 homes in the area were damaged and thousands of people were evacuated after the Red River rose above the flood stage for a record 61 days and crested twice.

"Itís a terrible case of deja vu, but this time the flooding will likely be more widespread" across the Midwest, Lubchenco said.

"As the spring thaw melts the snowpack, saturated and frozen ground in the Midwest will exacerbate the flooding of the flat terrain and feed rising rivers and streams," she added.

So, two thirds of it isn't at risk. :p

Read more: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/35891373/ns/weather/#ixzz0iRvX9OWu

djones520
03-19-2010, 12:11 AM
Gotta love the Mississippi.

PoliCon
03-19-2010, 05:05 AM
The big problem here is that the federal government is the only source of flood insurance in many parts of the country. :( We have one area here locally that gets flooded out all the time. It's time to buy them out and have them move.

djones520
03-19-2010, 05:21 AM
I just checked, and the water level of the Mississippi has risen about 2 feet in the last 3 days.