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March 22, 2019

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists on Thursday said "conditions are primed" for flooding in the Plains and Midwest that "could be worse than anything we have seen in recent years."

Mary Erikson, deputy director of NOAA's National Weather Service, said the "stage is set for record flooding now through May," because river levels are already high, soil moisture is above-normal, and there is substantial snowpack in the northern Plains, The Washington Post reports.

This week, there was deadly flooding in Nebraska and Missouri, and that could be just "a preview" of what might happen this spring. "This is potentially an unprecedented flood season," said Edward Clark, director of NOAA's National Weather Center. "It may become more dire in the coming weeks." The NOAA's spring flood outlook has 200 million Americans at risk, primarily those living near the upper, middle, and lower Mississippi River basins; the Great Lakes; as well as the eastern Missouri, lower Ohio, lower Cumberland, and Tennessee River basins. Catherine Garcia

July 7, 2018

At least 49 people have been killed and another 48 people are missing in Japan as unusually heavy rains have caused lethal flooding. Some 1.6 million people have been evacuated to escape the floods, which are inundating three regions on the main island of Honshu.

The "historic" rains are expected to continue Saturday, and authorities have warned landslides are an additional consequence of the downpour. Another 3.1 million people have been encouraged to evacuate, and nearly 50,000 rescue workers and police have been deployed to help those in affected areas. Bonnie Kristian

May 28, 2018

Historic flash flooding tore through Ellicott City, Maryland, for the second time in two years on Sunday, CNN reported.

Howard County executive Alan Kittleman called the flooding "worse than July 30, 2016," the last time floodwaters caused major damage to the Ellicott City area. Many businesses were still rebuilding from that flooding, which caused two deaths and damaged "dozens of buildings," CNN explained.

No injuries or deaths have been reported yet as a result of Sunday's flooding, but officials carried out at least 30 rescues into Monday morning, CBS reported. One person was reported missing shortly after midnight: Eddison Hermond, who was a member of the Air Force and is now in the National Guard. Witnesses say he was "swept towards the Patapsco River" by the floodwaters on Sunday evening.

The Patapsco River's water levels rose almost 18 feet within a few hours as the result of heavy rains on Sunday, bringing it to a record height of 24.13 feet, CNN reported. The flooding reached the second floors of some buildings, and one building in Ellicott City's historic downtown area has fallen.

Read more at CBS Baltimore. Shivani Ishwar

August 14, 2016

Louisiana State Police are using helicopters to airlift drinking water and food to an estimated 1,500 motorists stranded by massive flooding on Interstate 12 for about 24 hours. Police first attempted to bring the supplies using high water vehicles and boats, but the floodwaters are too deep for the former and too uneven for the latter.

"There is a mother who is nursing and some older people who are really struggling," said Dominique Dugas, who is among those stranded. "It's breaking my heart to see everyone suffering." Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the flooding, which has killed at least three people, is a "truly historic event" and a "major disaster" for his state.

See images of the catastrophic flooding on I-12 below. Bonnie Kristian

August 13, 2016

At least three people were killed by heavy rain and subsequent flooding in Louisiana on Friday, and two more were injured in neighboring Mississippi. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as more rain is expected Saturday, adding to as much as 17 inches dropped in just 24 hours the day before.

About 1,000 people have been rescued from the rising waters, and those remaining in their homes in affected areas have been advised to boil tap water before use and abide by a curfew. Bonnie Kristian

July 31, 2016

Heavy thunderstorms produced flash flooding in central Maryland Saturday night that closed roads and necessitated emergency rescues. Residents of Baltimore were warned of rising waters and encouraged to move to higher ground, but the worst damage was done in nearby Ellicott City.

The historic downtown area saw businesses flooded with several feet of water and cars overturned in the streets. One person has been reported dead and two remained missing as of Sunday morning. About 100 people were rescued from what Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said "looks like a movie disaster scene."

View footage of the flooding and its aftermath below. Bonnie Kristian

July 23, 2016

At least 130 people have died and dozens more remain missing after torrential rains caused flooding and landslides throughout China since the extreme weather began on Monday.

Hit hardest is Hebei Province, located near the capital city of Beijing in the northeast of the country, where 300,000 people have been evacuated and about 80 of the deaths occurred. Photos of drowned children purported to be from this area are circulating online.

Meteorologists say additional rainstorms are expected in coming days, and authorities estimate some 8 million people have been affected already. Some Hebei residents have accused the government of causing the disaster by opening a nearby reservoir, but officials insist the reservoir drains into a different river and did not cause these deadly floods. Bonnie Kristian

December 30, 2015

Nineteen vulnerable levees along the Mississippi have been flagged for monitoring as flooding continues to threaten large swaths of Illinois and Missouri, The Washington Post reports. The water levels are expected to tie the worst flood on record in the region, matching the 49.7 feet the Mississippi reached in 1993 outside of St. Louis. In fact, the water levels are rising so fast that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon warned the Midwestern flood could still break records. So far, 13 people have been killed as a result of the unseasonably heavy rain in the states.

"The vast majority of deaths we have had, and I can't stress this enough, is of people driving into water, and especially driving into water at night," Nixon said. Jeva Lange

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