More Flash Flooding as Barry bares down on the Gulf

Jul 12, 2019  | 3 min  | Ep4447

Upper Mississippi River barge traffic finally resumed in June from St. Louis north.

The lower river is bracing for another chapter in the wild weather story of 2019.

Barry is forecast to inundate a region that doesn’t need any more water.

Paul Yeager reports. @PaulYeager

Louisiana residents have already been dealing with flooding for much of 2019 because of high amounts of water coming downstream from the severely bloated Mississippi River. The region is now dealing with flooding that comes with local weather systems.

An early week storm swamped several streets in New Orleans. Cars and trucks tried to navigate the high water pooling in city streets and neighborhoods. Much of this same area is bracing for Hurricane Barry.

Isolated storms in Nebraska caused much of the same scene as cars stalled in the streets of Kearney. The National Weather Service reports nearly 9 inches of rain fell in south-central Nebraska. Most of the Cornhusker State received an inch of rain this week.

A federal report issued this week indicates more flooding is likely in the nation’s future.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher rates of what’s called sunny day or tidal flooding this year because of rising sea levels and an abnormal El Nino weather system. Government scientists predict annual flood records will be broken again next year as sea levels rise.

The Drought Monitor, based at the University of Nebraska, reveals a mostly quiet drought picture. Portions of Washington, North Dakota and the Deep South are driest in the United States.

In the Corn Belt sections of Iowa to northern Indiana, meteorologists note dry pockets are beginning to form. However, with long-term precipitation surpluses, no drought designation was given at this time.

And in Alaska, record-breaking heat finally retreated. A temperatures of 90 degrees had never been recorded in Anchorage. Since the mark was set on July 4th, average highs have returned to the nation’s northernmost state.

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.

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