Climate Change and the 2019 Floods

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Published on July 29, 2019 - Duration: 04:20s

Climate Change and the 2019 Floods

The floods in March showed us that mother nature can be unpredictable.

A lot of people believe the floods are the result of poor levees but in our investigation, we found out that it's much more than that.

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Climate Change and the 2019 Floods

FLOODS AREAPART OF LIFEHERE IN THEMIDWEST..NAT THIS YEARRECORD BREAKINGFLOODS BROUGHTDEVASTATION TOSO MANYCOMMUNITIES..NAT MANY INRURALCOMMUNITIESBLAME ANOUTDATED ANDOVER REGULATEDLEVEE SYSTEM ..NATIN IOWA CITY AGROUP OFRESEARCHERSARE STUDYINGFLOODS PAST ANDFUTURE..AND FOUND ITSMUCH MORE THANTHAT..13:34:00 IT SHOWSWHATS GOING ONIN A LOCATION..WITOLDKRAJEWSKI ISHEAD OF THE IOWAFLOOD CENTER..ESTABLISHED IN2008 AFTERMASSIVEFLOODING ..CAUSING OVER ABILLION IN DAMAGEIN IOWA..THE CENTERWORKS WITHSTATE ANDFEDERALAGENCIESCOMPILING DATA..TO CREATE ANALL-IN-ONE STOPFOR THE AVERAGEJOE TO BE UP-TO-DATE WITHFLOODING..WEATHER..13:28:11 I LIKE TOTHINK OF THIS ASTECHNICALAGENTS FOR THEPEOPLE OF IOWA..HELPING THESMALL GUY ..USING 250 RIVERREAL-TIMEMONITORS ACROSSTHE STATE.14:26:14 ITS ANULTRA SONICSTREAM SENSOR..IT MEASURES ANDREPOTS THEWATER ELEVATIONABOVE SEA LEVEL..BESIDESMEASURINGSTREAM LEVELS..THE CENTERDELVES INTO ALLTHE DATACOLLECTED OVERTHE YEARS THETREND THEY SEEMORE MOISTUREYEAR OVER YEARBECAUSE OFWARMINGTEMPERATURESLEADING TOINCREASES OFFLOODINGEVENTS..JUST TO GIVE YOUAN IDEA THENATIONAL OCEANICAND ATMOSPHEREADMINISTRATIONSHOWS THAT FROM2008 TO 2018 THEAVERAGETEMPERATURE IN APLACE LIKE OMAHAROSE BY 3.3DEGREES WHICHHAS LED TO MORERAIN NEARLY 4INCHES IN THESAME TIMEPERIOD..13:16:15 NOT THEINTENSITY OF THERAIN BUT THEFREQUENCY OFINTENSE RAINFALLTHROUGHOUT THESTATE A WARMINGCLIMATE AND ANOLD LEVEESYSTEM IS ARECIPE FORDISASTER ..INMEASULABLEFOR A SMALL TOWNECONOMY..THE CENTERCREATED ANCREDIBLYACCURATE MAPSHOWING A 100YEAR FLOODUSING THE CITY OFHAMBURG..ITS SO ACCURATETO THE EVENT INMARCH..RIGHT DOWN TOTHE STREETS..NAT12:45:04DOWNRIGHTDEVASTATING..NOTHING YOU CANFEEL..YOU JUST GONUMB..RYAN MULLINS ANDHIS FAMILY LIVEDON THE SOUTH-SIDE OF HAMBURG..THE EPI-CENTER..FLOOD WATERSWERE UP TO HISROOF..12:57:45 ITS NEVERGONNA BE THESAME..OF WHAT IT WAS..12:55:40 ITSEVERYTHING MYYOUNGESTKNOWS..THE HOUSE HEGREW UP IN..BROUGHT HOMEFROM THEHOSPITAL IN ..LIKE SO MANY WHOLOST THEIRHOMES..THEY AREN'TCOMING BACK..MOST OF WHATYOU SEE HERE ISDESTINED FORDEMOLITION..12:55:56 YOU WANTTO CRY..CAUSE OF A LOT OFFRIENDS..MOST OFEVERYONE I'VEKNOWN SINCE IWAS 2 OR 3..AND ITS JUST VERYHEART BREAKING ACHANGINGCLIMATE MIGHTSOON HAVE FLOODPRONE CITIESLOOKING AT WAYSTO CHANGE..THE IOWA FLOODCENTER PROVIDESA ROADMAP..THEIR INCREDIBLYACCURATE MAPSAND PREDICTIONSEVEN GET RIGHTDOWN TO THEESTIMATE COST OFDAMAGE IF AMAJOR FLOODHITS..RIGHT DOWN TOINDIVIDUALBUILDINGS..13:44:10 IF YOU BUYA HOUSE IN THISLOCATION ..ITS NOT ABOUT 1YEAR..ITS ABOUT 30 OR 50YEARS..IF ITS 30 YEARS..YOUR CHANCES OFBEING FLOODED INTHE SAMELOCATION IS 26PERCENT..THATS A GAMECHANGER..THIS IS WHATPEOPLE DON'TKNOW ITS HARD TOSAY IF ANY CHANGEWILL BE BROUGHTAFTER SOME OFTHE LATESTFLOODING..THE ARMY CORPSOF ENGINEERS ARESTILL ASSESSINGTHE DAMAGE..AND JUSTBEGINNING TOREBUILD..IF THEY WANT TOMAKE ANYCHANGES TO THEIRLEVEE SYSTEM ITREQUIRES AN ACTOF CONGRESS..DISCUSSIONS AREBEING HELD..BUT NOTHINGSOLID YET..AS FOR THE IOWAFLOOD CENTERTHEY'REDISSECTING THELATEST DATA FROMTHESE RECENTEVENTS..PROVIDING VITALINFORMATIONTHAT CAN SAVELIVES..AND PROPERTY..13:45:39 ITSIMPOSSIBLE TOPREDICT WHATMOTHER NATURECOULD DISH OUT..AND WHAT DO WEDO ABOUT THISNOW..THE MISSOURIRIVER I

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