Take a look across the Nation and you will see green popping up. This green is not associated with green grass that spring brings, but the flooding that occurs from snow melting, rain falling and rivers rising.
Flooding is occurring across the Midwest but the worst of it the past couple days has occurred in the Northeast. Places like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Rivers such as the Saddle, Pompton and Ramapo in New Jersey reached major flood state yesterday. This is mainly from a storm yesterday that dumped a 0.50″ to 5.10″ across New England in addition to the melting of snow. This areas has also been hit with many storms in the last week including the one on Wednesday. All these factors are causing rivers to rise, houses to flood and roadways to become waterways.
The good news, it looks like the area will see a period of dry weather to help the conditions and will hopefully allow many of the rivers to recede. During this time areas will perform different actions to try and help with the flooding. One of these will occur in Maine where Coast Guard officials are breaking up ice on the Kennebec River.
On a different note the Ohio River flooded last night talking a restaurant and its patrons down the river. A total of 83 people were dining at the restaurant Ruby’s Waterfront, that usually floats on the river but instead drifted down the river. Included in the pack was Cris Collinsworth, former NFL player and NBC pro football sports commentator. The Ohio river is at 55.21 feet with the flood state at 52 feet near Cincinnati.
Have a good night. Meteorologist Kristen Connolly
This post was written by kconnolly on March 12, 2011