Forecasters say spring could bring unprecedented US flooding

The Associated Press, Radio Iowa and KCHA all contributed to this story. 

If you were hoping Mother Nature had finished unleashing her fury from the bitter cold winter temperatures, snow and now catastrophic flooding, you might be wrong.

U.S. weather experts say the stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation.

In Thursday’s spring forecast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says more than 200 million Americans are at risk for some kind of flooding, with 13 million of them at risk of major inundation.

National Weather Service deputy director Mary Erickson said the current flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, and the South is a preview for an all-too wet and dangerous spring. She expects flooding to get worse and widespread, reaching most of the eastern two-thirds of the nation.

Forecasters say the biggest risks include all three Mississippi River basins, plus the basins of the Red River of the North, the Great Lakes, the eastern Missouri River, the lower Ohio River, the lower Cumberland River and the Tennessee River.

DNR Hydrologist Tim Hall says it is hard to believe we had some extreme areas of drought in the state back in September. The wet fall washed any dry conditions in a trend that’s been seen across the country.

 

The abundance of groundwater is usually welcomed in Iowa.

 

The water balance is now on the wrong side.

 

He says the entire state could use some dry days to drain.

 

Hall says we can only hope there are enough dry days to make some room in the waterways to handle any of the spring rains.

To help provide relief to communities that have been devastated by flooding.  The Charles City FFA is doing their part.

The chapter is teaming up with First Citizens Bank and KCHA to help provide flood relief to a Nebraska family.  FFA members will be traveling to Schuyler April 5-7 to assist in cleanup efforts with Drew Wolfe who lost a majority of his feed yard and cattle herd.

First Citizens Bank is accepting cash donations at the Charles City location to help offset trip costs.  On Wednesday the 27th, KCHA will be hosting a call in show from 11-1 where you can pledge your donation.