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Sat Mar 21, 2020, 05:13 PM

NOAA Now Projecting Moderate To Severe Flooding In 23 States, Mostly Midwest, Deep South

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As an upsurge in coronavirus infections stretches thin the capacity of health care workers and emergency managers nationwide, the Midwest is bracing for another battle: a potentially devastating flood season. “The current situation with COVID-19 presents us a fight on two fronts: one front, we have the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and on the other, what promises to be a very active spring 2020 flood season,” Sharon Broome, mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said on a press call Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week released its spring flood projections, predicting moderate to severe flooding in 23 states. The greatest risk for “major and moderate flood conditions,” federal experts say, is along parts of the Mississippi River basin.

For local leaders in the Midwest, this situation is offering a crash course in how to plan and respond to multiple types of disasters simultaneously. And in a warming world, overlapping and compounding disasters will likely be the new normal. Human-caused climate change is already increasing the intensity and likelihood of certain extreme weather events, including heavy rain and related flooding in the middle of the country.

“We’re good at responding when a disaster stares us in the face,” Kris Johnson, deputy director at the Nature Conservancy, told BuzzFeed News. “But we’re really not good at thinking about what can we do now to mitigate and dampen the potential impacts and increase our ability to be resilient to future impacts, whether they are public health–related or whether they are flooding.”

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https://climatecrocks.com/2020/03/21/midwest-girds-for-floods-while-under-corona-lockdown/

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The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 21 #1
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sprinkleeninow Mar 21 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 21 #4
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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2020, 05:14 PM

1. Oh, great. Now where are the locusts and frogs?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 21, 2020, 05:16 PM

2. We have enough destructive locusts in congress. We don't need any winged ones

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 21, 2020, 05:19 PM

3. You always in my heart and I love ya!

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 21, 2020, 05:20 PM

4. Likewise!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 21, 2020, 05:26 PM

5. Departing Africa, destination unknown?

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/20/locust-crisis-poses-a-danger-to-millions-forecasters-warn

Locust crisis poses a danger to millions, forecasters warn

Experts fear swarms like those seen in Africa will become more common as tropical storms create favourable breeding conditions
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