The Biblical Flood of 2019

Forget the Mississippi River floods of 1993. New 2019 records established.

by Eric Holdeman / September 12, 2019

Can you say "climate change?"  I expect some will still say that we are in a period of "climate variability" with warming temperatures. The reality is that significant rain, and thus flood events, are coming more frequently and in "larger portions!" Remember, climate adaptation is what we as emergency managers are charged with. 

See the NY Times article and map below. 

The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster

Imagine being in Cairo, Illi., and having your river be at flood stage for a total, uninterrupted, 156 days! Any buildings submerged for that length of time are likely to be total losses. It is not like having the stream come up, deposit water and a layer of mud throughout the house and then recede. 

While the rest of the nation has moved on with other events, e.g., summer and other disasters, i.e., Hurricane Dorian, it is important to remember this quote from within the above article, David Alexander, a professor of risk and disaster reduction at University College London, said that typical recovery times from major disasters are “in the range of 10 to 25 years.” 

There are likely to be compounding floods and disasters yet to come for these same areas, before the Midwest has recovered from this disaster. I expect emergency repairs are being made to levees, but only so much can be done and permanent fixes are likely not going to be in place before the next big flood comes first in rivulets, then streams, and finally torrents of water. 

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