First the facts: the Mississippi River is at 46.3 feet on the Memphis gauge at 3pm, which is above the Major Flood stage level of 46 feet and 12 feet above "normal" flood stage. It is now at the second highest level ever attained in Memphis (surpassing the flood of 1927 earlier today). Only the 1937 flood saw higher water, at a record stage of 48.7 feet. The forecast calls for a crest at 48 feet on May 11, less than a foot shy of that all-time record. I am not totally convinced that the river will stop at 48 feet. It's currently rising slightly faster than the forecast calls for.
Since this is a "weather blog," the angle that is appropriate to be addressed from our perspective is the chain of events that caused the flooding in the first place. It is important to point out that it is not just the Mid-South dealing with major flooding. The map below is a snapshot of locations throughout the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys that are in flood (as well as a number of locations along the Red River in the Northern Plains). All of the locations north of the Mid-South feed south eventually, so it's not a problem that will go away quickly.
|River gauges in flood as of 5/6/11 are shown in orange, red, and purple|
|U.S. Snow Depth on February 10, 2011|
|30 day total precipitation leading up to May 6, 2011|
- MWN Flood Center - radar, precipitation forecast maps, and many other resources (including some of those listed below) in a one-stop flood shop
- Flooding tips from MWN - published previously on this blog
- water.weather.gov - the National Weather Service's AHPS system, which produces river readings and forecasts for the entire U.S.
- LMRFC - The NWS Lower MS River Forecast Center, which has jurisdiction over Mid-South waterways
- StaySafeShelby.us - The Shelby County Office of Preparedness website that is likely the most comprehensive source of information available for those in Shelby County. Includes excellent flood maps by zip code.
- Zip code-based flood maps - a direct link to the page on StaySafeShelby.us with the all-important maps
- Memphis/Shelby County EMA - overseeing the entire flood preparation and relief operation
- Memphis District of the Corps of Engineers - the great guys/gals trying to keep floodwaters at bay
- Memphis office of the National Weather Service - doing a great job of forecasting the river stages
- ReadyShelby.org - Emergency Preparedness website - great info for any emergency
- MemphisFlood.com - the river has it's own website! Good up-to-date resource for everything Memphis Flood.
- #memflood - a results-based list of all Twitter posts tagged with #memflood
Those in neighboring counties should check with local authorities for flood risks, maps, etc. for their area. A couple links for suburban counties are posted in the MWN Flood Center.
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