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What A Mess

From the Canadian province of Manitoba heading South there are rivers, the primaries being the Red River and the Missouri, overflowing their banks in a situation at least as bad as 1997, according to the CBC report: North Dakota declared disaster zone amid flooding.

There was an early freeze this year that sealed the ground, heavy snowfall, and now Spring rains. Just to make things worse, there’s currently a blizzard in the Northern Plains. In addition to the actual amount of water flowing into the rivers, there are ice dams forming creating ad hoc reservoirs that will dump into the rivers when they melt.

A number of areas have improved their individual flood defenses since 1997, which is bad news for those South of them, as the water that would have exited is now be held in the river, causing higher crests downstream.

Eventually everything will dump into the Gulf of Mexico, but not before it tests the levees all the way down the Missouri-Mississippi system.

4 comments

1 cookie jill { 03.26.09 at 12:14 am }

I say ship down some of those AIG execs and put them to actual work….

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2 Bryan { 03.26.09 at 12:23 am }

Actually, instead of sand bags, they could use all of the worthless paper they have been selling to stop the water.

3 fallenmonk { 03.26.09 at 8:16 am }

This does not bode well for a little later when this surge does hit the middle and lower Mississippi system. While a lot of improvements have been made to parts of the system there are still a lot of vulnerable areas. Could be another bad year for flooding in the Midwest.

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4 Bryan { 03.26.09 at 11:58 am }

Especially not, with the front that just moved through saturating the ground. This sucker ran from New Orleans, through here, up to Atlanta, to Erie, Pennsylvania this morning.

Still no rain for South Florida, but it will put out the wildfire in Walton County to the East of me.