NOAA: Spring Flooding Could Be “Unprecedented”
The National Weather Service warns that even as spring flooding has already been disastrous, it is expected to get worse, reaching “unprecedented” and “potentially historic” levels. Deputy Director Mary Erickson says almost the entire eastern two-thirds of the nation is expected to see flooding this spring, and some 25 states are forecast to see “moderate” to “major” flooding. The deadly, destructive flooding that began last week from Minnesota to Missouri has killed at least four people, caused more than $1.5 billion in estimated losses and damages, and destroyed more than 2,000 homes. Scientists said this month’s flooding was caused by rapid snow melt combined with heavy spring rain and late-season snowfall in areas where the ground was already saturated.
The Midwest floods are “a preview of what we expect throughout the rest of the spring,” she said. “The flooding this year could be worse than what we have seen in previous years ... even worse than the historic floods we saw in 1993 and 2011,” Erickson added.