Dec 28, 2015

Historic and unseasonable flooding overwhelms Central U.S., Mississippi River

Tahlequah, OK
USA
by
Angela Fritz
,
Washington Post
The effects of a deadly storm system that triggered tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest and Southwest could be see in Union, Mo., where homes and businesses are nearly underwater. Photo: Reuters
The effects of a deadly storm system that triggered tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest and Southwest could be see in Union, Mo., where homes and businesses are nearly underwater. Photo: Reuters

A flood event for the record books is taking shape across the Central and Southern United States this week, fed by a series of storms that have produced torrential rainfall over already-saturated ground. In southern Illinois, the Mississippi River is forecast to at least match — if not exceed — its highest flood crest on record. In eastern Oklahoma, the flood water has already risen above rooftops