Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Spring snowstorm, floods blanket US midwest

by Staff Writers
Chicago (AFP) March 21, 2008
Thick, heavy snow blanketing parts of the central United States could worsen flood conditions along the Mississippi River basin, the National Weather Service warned Friday.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled and traffic was snarled as a spring snowstorm dumped as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of wet snow in a wide swath ranging from North Dakota to Michigan.

Just a few hours drive to the south, hundreds and homes and business were still under water as soggy towns waited for floodwaters to recede and rivers to crest.

"Around St. Louis they are still looking at major flooding because of the water feeding in from the Ohio River to the Mississippi (River,)" said Pat Slattery, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

"It's going to take a while for these things to go down."

Slattery said it's difficult to predict when the floodwaters will finally recede because it all depends on whether the skies stay clear and when and where the rivers crest.

"The snow will slow it down a bit because it will freeze (some of the water collected on the ground) but when it melts it's got to go somewhere and the ground is saturated," he told AFP.

The problem is that the snow is falling in areas that drain into the Mississippi River basin.

While it will take time for the snow to melt and flow downriver, a heavy rainfall is all it will take for some "pretty serious possibilities," he said.

More than 250 communities in 12 states were hit by flooding this week as steady spring rains melted snow and soaked saturated ground. At least 15 people died as a result of the storms and floods.

The weather service warned that a heavy winter snowfall has led to "above-normal flood potential... in much of the Mississippi River basin, the Ohio River basin, the lower Missouri River basin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, most of New York, all of New England, and portions of the West, including Colorado and Idaho."

"God help us," said Jim Seward, as he rested on his pickup truck before hauling the final few pieces out of his house in Pacific, Missouri. "We just have to hope the river goes back down as fast it comes up."

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
It's A White Out at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Thirty-three hurt in Czech motorway pile-up
Prague (AFP) March 20, 2008
At least 33 people were hurt in a motorway pile-up involving some 115 vehicles in a heavy snowstorm in the Czech Republic on Thursday, emergency services said.

  • Scientists study test fire in building
  • Louisiana System Built Homes Completes First Fortified For Safer Living Home
  • Mozambique tourist resort struggles to recover from cyclone
  • Mozambican government seeks urgent food aid after cyclone

  • Envisat Makes First Ever Observation Of Regionally Elevated CO2 From Manmade Emissions
  • Indigenous people can offer climate change solutions: IUCN
  • Atlantic's Gulf Stream has huge influence on atmosphere
  • Increased Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere Linked To Decreased Soil Organic Matter

  • NASA Goddard Delivers Aquarius Radiometer To JPL
  • Brazil, Germany To Develop Night-Vision Radar Satellite
  • New Portrait Of Earth Shows Land Cover As Never Before
  • Great Splitting Icebergs

  • Analysis: U.S. terror list eyes Venezuela
  • CleanTech Biofuels Begins First Phase Of Municipal Solid Waste To Ethanol Project
  • VIASPACE Reports On Market Penetration For Clean Energy Products
  • UN offices in Geneva look to the lake for green energy

  • WHO warns more TB cases slipping through detection net
  • Bird flu outbreak in southern China: state media
  • Hong Kong faces anger and fear over flu
  • Scientists Discover How TB Develops Invincibility Against Only Available Treatment

  • Rabbits To The Rescue Of The Reef
  • Asia's Odd-Ball Antelope Faces Migration Crisis
  • Surprising Discovery From First Large-Scale Analysis Of Biodiversity And Biogeography Of Viruses
  • First Rule Of Evolution Suggests That Life Is Destined To Become More Complex

  • Eco-Friendly Pyrotechnics
  • NASA Satellite Measures Pollution From East Asia To North America
  • Bush administration tightens air pollution standards
  • Russia orders probe into Lake Baikal mill pollution

  • Clovis-Age Overkill Didn't Take Out California's Flightless Sea Duck
  • Analysis: Iraq progress missing women
  • Fossils of extinct human species found
  • China to stick with one-child policy

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement