Extreme Flooding

Historic Mississippi River flooding could extend into June, experts warn.

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Historic Mississippi River flooding could extend into June, experts warn

USA TODAY•May 4, 2019

Flooding along the Mississippi river could persist through the end of the month and even into June as relentless rains continue to saturate the Midwest, forecasters say.

“We have points in Iowa and Illinois that have been in flood stage for over 30 days, which hasn’t occurred since we started keeping records — and some of them go back 150 years,” said Patrick Burke a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

At least four people have died in the flooding, which has closed hundreds of roads, stopped vessel traffic along parts of the Mississippi River and inundated multiple towns, including major flooding in Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois.

The problem is that heavy snows over the winter melted,  drenching the ground and filling the rivers with runoff. Then there’s usually a lull during which the soils can dry out before the spring rains begin.

Not this year.

“There hasn’t really been a chance for the soils to dry out, they’re still saturated from the snow melt and the rains,” said Corey Loveland, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The Mississippi River crested at higher levels than it ever had in the past. That was at 22.7 feet in Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, a record that hadn’t been matched since records began to be kept in 1862, said Loveland. That is almost eight feet above flood stage

In Rock Island, Illinois, the Mississippi set a record level of 22.7 feet, breaking the record set on July 9, 1993, during the Great Flood of 1993.

More rain is coming, Burke said.

“It’s going to start picking up. We are monitoring a pretty good-sized storm system that’s going to come along between Tuesday and Thursday. Where the bull’s eye hits is going to impact where there’s flooding,” Burke said.

Currently, the National Weather Service forecasts the heaviest swath of rain, as much as three inches, around Kansas City. However, one to two inches of rain could fall as far north as southern Minnesota, he said.

“We can expect to see additional rises even if the rivers start to fall earlier in the week,” Burke said.

It won’t take much rain to affect the rivers because the soils remain so saturated, Loveland said. “If you get even less than an inch of rain it goes into the river.”

Even if things dry out, river flows will continue to be high through May and into June, Loveland said. But it could also persist for another month beyond.

“The wildcard is really the rain in the forecast. If it remains cool and wet, we could have high flows through the end of June. It just really depends on what the spring rains bring,” he said.

The ongoing flooding takes a toll because many of the temporary structures put up to hold back the waters aren’t designed to last for months on end.

“The longer you have the river at these high levels, the more these structures are tested,” Loveland said.

To the west, the Missouri River is also a concern, said meteorologist Sarah Atkins with the National Weather Service’s Kansas City office.

“We’ll start to see multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms starting Sunday night pretty much through Thursday over a lot of Missouri, a good chunk of Kansas, into Nebraska, Iowa and much of Illinois as well,” she said.

The Missouri River has mostly experienced minor flooding thus far and is expected to stay at around those levels. However with the potential for between two and four more inches of rain hitting the saturated ground, she cautioned residents to be careful.

“If there are barricades, turn around, don’ go through. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around. It’s simply not worth it,” she said.

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