Mississippi and other rivers, Memphis residents prepared for flooding there that could last through all of May. Another section of the Mississippi River levee is to be breached for the third time to relieve a flood threat in six US states. According to the Associated Press, US engineers and officials are planning the blast on the Birds Point levee with the hope of diverting the flood waters for 35 miles (56 km) before they return to the Mississippi River in the town on New Madrid, as six US states are either bracing for or already reporting record flooding.
MISSISSIPPI OVER-FLOODED AND FLOWING BACKWARDS!
"MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi River continues to rise, so much so that its tributaries are starting to flow backwards. At Tom Lee Park, preps for Memphis in May continue knowing that the worst is still yet to come. It's a site not often seen; the Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek are flowing backwards. The swelling river cannot take on much more water. Gene Rench with the National Weather Service said all eyes are on the Mississippi. The tributaries flowing backwards are a big problem for the adjacent communities. "Right now the Mississippi river is in the process of going through what we call an epic flood, meaning it's more than historic, it's more than a 100 year flood, it's more like a 500 year flood," he said. "We could flood many homes, businesses, close down factories, people could drown." The river is more than two feet past flood stage; it rose two feet in the 24 hours following the storms. It's expected to crest at 45 feet around May 10th, right when Barbecue Festival teams are setting up their tents. Memphis in May's Diane Hampton said they can deal with the forecasted 45 foot river. "At that point Tom Lee Park is not underwater; it's very close, but it's not flooded." - MyFoxMemphis.It's some of the worst flooding residents along the Mississippi River in Tennessee can remember. The river is back on the rise and those who live in the region are facing the difficult decision of staying or evacuating.
Thousands of people are being warned to prepare for the worst tonight as the Mississippi River swells to historic flood levels. Heavy rain is pushing the river's basin to its limits. That is forcing water into already swollen tributaries, and whereever else it can go. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassman reports that the city of Memphis is preparing for the surge, and many people in the Home of the Blues see their immediate future underwater. The city's mayor has pleaded for calm, however, and said this city possibly faced a "large-scale disaster." Around Memphis, they're building a buffer, filling sandbags, raising levees near surging waters, and getting to higher ground. The Mississippi has become a menace. "It's just mind-boggling to see it," said Bill and Amanda Adair, flood evacuees. North of Memphis, Kathy Lineberry showed a photo explaining why her family's living in a camper: Their home sits in ten feet of floodwater - water that travelled four miles inland. What's next? We've never had anything like this. We've lost crops to the water. We've never lost a house," Lineberry said. At the Dyer County Fairgrounds, a dozen families live in campers. They all lost a house. "It's bad, bad for everybody. Some of us lost it all," said Keith Ables, flood victim. Things could get much worse. - CBS.
Already at its highest level ever, Lake Champlain surpassed flood stage by 3 feet Friday, leaving hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged in a slowly unfolding catastrophe on island communities and the New York and Vermont sides of the 120-mile-long lake.
OVER 500 HOMES DESTROYED BY LAKE CHAMPLAIN!
Speaking of Quebec in Canada, the province along with Manitoba, are facing flood emergencies.
CANADA FACES FLOOD EMERGENCIES!
At least 700 military personnel are in south-eastern Quebec to provide assistance with evacuations, sandbagging, and finding shelters for people forced from their homes. The Richelieu River has reached record high levels and burst its banks in several places. At least 3,000 homes have been affected with a third of them evacuated. Farms and roads in the region have been washed out after the melting of an unusually heavy snowpack, combined with a week of rain. Meanwhile in Manitoba, officials are scrambling to raise several dykes after learning that an unreliable water gauge was reading low. The Assiniboine River is expected to rise by more than 30 centimetres in the next few days; rain is also forecast for the region. - ABC.net.
Across the world, in Indonesia, the deluge continues.
FLASH FLOODS KILL NINE IN INDONESIA!
A flash flood swept through villages in the Indonesian province of West Java, killing at least nine people and damaged dozens of homes, media reports said Saturday, M&C reported. Hours of torrential rain caused rivers in the Garur district to overflow their banks and submerge thousands of homes, the Vivanews.com online news portal said. Nine people were killed and thousands of residents were fleeing their homes for safety, other news reports said, adding that the floods were also collapsed many power lines. - Focus.
In a late report on Saturday, seventeen people were killed, two people went missing and four others suffered from injuries in flooding and landslides in West Java of Indonesia.
Yayah Suheryanto, senior official of disaster management and mitigation agency in West Java told Xinhua by phone that heavy rains was blamed for the landslide which occurred on Friday afternoon. The rain also cause flash floods, he said. "Searching for the missing person has been underway, involving rescue team and the local resident," he said. The disasters in Garut district also triggered scores of villagers to flee homes and took shelters at their relative's houses, said Sutopo, spokesman of the national disaster management and mitigation agency. "The disaster killed 17 people and wounded four others. Rescuers are searching two missing person now," he told Xinhua. The spokesman said that the local government had provide logistic, and heavy machinery equipment to help search the missing persons and to clean the area hit by the floods and landslides," he said. Indonesia has been frequently hit by landslide and floods due to lack of forest covered areas. The government has struggled to halt deforestation by planting trees. - Xinhua.In Thailand, a state of widespread flooding where there is no apparent rainfall.
THAILAND FLOODING MYSTERY!
In Fiji, floods affected the low-lying areas in Rakiraki.
FLOODING IN FIJI!
Continuous heavy rain from last night has resulted in the flooding of low-lying areas in Rakiraki. Qalau, Raiwasa, Naqoro Flats, Korotale and other feeder roads are under flood waters as the flood waters continue to rise. Meanwhile, the Nadi Weather Office has issued a flood warning for low-lying areas as a trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Fiji. Rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms over most places is expected. - Fiji Village.In the Philippines, Negros Occidental flooding affects 3,000 families.
PHILIPPINES FLOODING WRECKS HAVOC!
Malaysia, rainy spell causes flooding in low-lying areas. Dozens of houses in 10 villages was flooded yesterday, after heavy rains were overflowing rivers Seluang, Sungai Rambai and Sungai Batang Padang.
MALAYSIA LOW-LYING FLOODS!