What do you do when a flood hits? If you are a farmer in Illinois, you throw a party. Indeed, after heavy rains had caused record floods across the Midwest, corn farmers in Illinois along with people who sell them the seeds gather in a restaurant in Deer Grove to throw a party.
An act of mother nature, climate change or mismanagement of river systems. Those are the explanations that are considered to understand what can be unprecedented floods in the central region of the United States. Whatever the reason, the devastation is severe and the economic, physical and emotional cost to the local population is considerable .
In addition to the rain, the storms brought a series of tornadoes, more than 500 in just the month of May, according to preliminary reports from the US National Weather Service.
And meanwhile, the rivers and lakes continued to fill and grow to their highest point, breaking records of years, overflowing levees and barriers, covering roads, bridges and towns. There have been more than 35 deaths related to floods in the region , so far, according to the NWS.
James McCune’s corn fields in western Illinois are typically covered with rows of hardy, knee-high corn this time of year. Instead, in 2019, five of every six acres he farms sit unplanted, pockmarked with water and mud.
“It’s a disaster like I’ve never seen before,” McCune told FOX Business. “My neighbors didn’t get 90 percent of their corn planted.”
“The US is split in two over hundreds of miles,” says Hurst, who is president of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, describing the extent of water from northern Omaha, Nebraska, to beyond St. Louis. , Missouri.
As of June 10, some 200 flow-gauging stations along the Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas rivers continue to report flood levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“We have seen more floods in the past decade than we have seen in previous decades, this goes beyond, it is something historic.”
The scientist of Environmental Science, professor Samuel Muñoz, of the Northeastern University, also indicates that 2019 will be a historic year.
As the waters recede and hectares of flooded land emerge again, the long process of cleansing will begin . The descending waters leave behind meters of sand and mud, trash and waste , but it will be many months before they can begin the proper cleaning, not to mention when it will be possible to re-cultivate.