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Flooding on the Mississippi River

It will continue downstream.

Nationally there has not been a tremendous amount of coverage on the Mississippi River flooding that is ongoing due to rainfall and snow melt. What we do now from previous flooding events is that a long river like the Mississippi will have flooding continue downstream for many more days to come as those floodwaters continue their trek to the sea.

The impacts will vary with the topography of the river and the land around it. Shipping on the Mississippi will continue to be impacted. It is a major thoroughfare for many different types of cargo being shipped to ocean ports.

We live in an intense period of news and one tornado hitting a small city and destroying a few homes may be a disaster to those immediately impacted, but nationally, it is a blip on the radar screen of events. Even something like flooding on "Mighty Mississippi River."
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.