Disasters Charter: Flood in Central Midwest, USA

April 29, 2011 at 10:28 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Disasters Charter has been activated for Flood in Central Midwest, USA:

Flood in Central Midwest, USA

Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Midwest, USA
Date of Charter Activation: 28/04/2011
Charter Requestor: USGS on behalf of US Corps of Engineers, States of Missouri and Illinois
Project Management: University of Wyoming

Description of the Event:
Flood stage in Cairo is at 40 feet, and the river is expected to crest soon at 60.5. Additional heavy rains of 2+ inches overnight in southern Illinois caused many smaller streams to again rise to flood levels. This is in addition to already high levels on larger streams in southern IL. Water levels exceed NWS Flood Stage at 40 USGS streamgages in IL. Moderate to major flooding is occurring on the Kaskaskia, Big Muddy, Illinois, Little Wabash Rivers as well as border rivers (Wabash, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers).

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