Wednesday, March 9, 2016

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - 2 Killed As Storms Hit U.S. South, FLOOD EMERGENCY Declared In Louisiana After 335mm Of Rainfall; Floods Cause TRAVEL CHAOS In Central England; Heavy Thunderstorms And Flash Flooding To Hit UAE, Iran And Oman This Week; 6 DEAD After Floods In Cuanza Sul Province In Angola, Death Toll Rises In Huila Floods; Landslides And Floods Leave 2 Dead And 1 Missing In Indonesia, Hundreds Evacuated; Floods In Canada To Cost $673 MILLION PER YEAR; More Floods Hit Sarawak, Malaysia after 93mm Of Rainfall In 24 Hours! [PHOTOS + MAPS + VIDEO]

I49 in Kingston, LA. Photo: NWS Shreveport

March 9, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

2 Killed as Storms Hit U.S. South, Flood Emergency Declared in Louisiana After 335mm of Rain

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A slow moving storm dumped massive amounts of rain on parts of Louisiana and eastern Texas from Tuesday 08 March. Some areas saw over 14 inches (355 mm) of rain in 24 hours with more heavy rain forecast until Friday 11 March.

At least 2 deaths have been reported as a result of the storm and floods, one in Dickinson Bayou, Texas, the other when a vehicle was swept off the road in floodwaters in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in 16 parishes in the northern part of the state.

In a statement he said that Acadia, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, East Carroll, Grant, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Union, Webster and West Carroll have declared or are in the process of declaring states of emergency in order to assist residents in areas damaged by the severe weather.

WATCH: Flash flooding swamps Louisiana.

National Weather Service Shreveport said:

“Very heavy rainfall developed during the afternoon of Tuesday, and continued through the overnight and into the daytime hours of Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of over 14 inches were  recorded in a few locations before the rain ended. Many locations have experienced extreme flash flooding, particularly across East Texas and Louisiana. Numerous roadways were flooded and closed.  Many schools across the area were closed. Numerous high-water rescues were performed. Homes and businesses were evacuated in many locations, particularly in Haughton and Minden, LA.”

In Haughton around 100 homes were flooded in the Tall Timbers area. The Shreveport Times says “residents were forced to flee when at least 5 feet of water inundated their homes.”

Bossier Parish was also one of the hardest hit by floods. Over 100 roads have been closed in the area and officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents of 3,500 homes.

A Bossier Sheriff spokesman said:

“We’ve had folks who had to be rescued off rooftops, people rescued from cars, clinging to trees.”


In East Texas, the City of Kilgore has declared a state of emergency. Flooding in the city has prompted evacuations and required several flood rescues.

A disaster has also been declared in Gregg County. County Judge Bill Stoudt says the county has suffered widespread or severe damage resulting from flash flooding and substantial rainfall.

Several homes have been reported as damaged by floods in Lake Mexia, south of Dallas. Around 40 homes are flooded and 150 people have evacuated, according to Limestone County Emergency Management Coordinator.

Rainfall Figures

Rainfall figures according to NWS Shreveport. Figures in inches, for a 24 hour period to early (between 07:00 and 09:00) 09 March 2016.

Taylortown, Bossier Parish, LA – 14.44
Sailes, Bienville Parish, LA – 11.50
Barksdale AFB, Bossier Parish, LA – 11.39
Jamestown, Bienville Parish, LA – 10.77
Homer RAWS Site, Claiborne Parish, LA – 10.25
1 mile N of Homer, Claiborne Parish, LA – 9.42
Arcadia, Bienville Parish, LA – 9.10
Swartz, Ouachita Parish, LA – 8.89
Longview, Gregg County, TX – 8.60
Monroe, Ouachita Parish, LA – 8.53
Southern Hills, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, LA – 8.03
4 NW Nesbitt, Harrison County, TX – 7.87
Marshall, Harrison County, TX – 7.38
Carthage, Panola County, TX – 7.06
Shreveport Regional Airport, Caddo Parish, LA – 6.33

24 hour rainfall levels for Louisiana and Texas. Image: NWS Shreveport

Further Heavy Rain Expected

Due to the slow movement of the storm, heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to affect many of the same areas until Friday 11 March, NWS said. Flash flood watches were in place for parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and southern Illinois.

Floods Cause Travel Chaos in Central England

Red flood warnings in England, 10 March 2016. Image: Environment Agency

Strong winds, flash floods and torrential rain caused chaos for motorists and commuters in England yesterday, Wednesday 09 March, 2016.

Parts of central England were some of the worst affected by flooding. There were reports of cars submerged in flood water up to 1 metre deep in parts of Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Local media report that some motorists were stranded in their vehicles and required rescuing. Several schools were closed in Warwickshire.

Roads were blocked and rail transport severely disrupted, in particular between Rugby and Milton Keynes. A spokesman for train operator, London Midland, said: “Once the floodwater subsides we are still faced with trains and train crew out of place across the network.”

By the afternoon of 09 March, the Environment Agency had issued 43 flood warnings across England and Wales.

There are currently 55 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required, mostly for parts of the Midlands. There are also 164 flood alerts, stretching across England to the south coast and parts of the South West. There are no severe flood warnings, meaning danger to life.

John Curtin, Interim Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency, said via Twitter that “the rain has cleared but we still have lots of water around,” and warned that rivers are still peaking.

Rainfall Figures

The Met Office said “Rainfall totals were in the order of 20-30mm with as much as 40mm possible once the rain clears later today. These figures are consistent with our forecasts and the severe weather warnings issued yesterday.”

Rainfall totals 10pm Tuesday 8 March to 10am Wednesday 9 March:

Stowe, Buckinghamshire – 36.0mm
Winchcombe, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire – 35.4mm
Pershore College, Hereford & Worcester – 34.6mm
Church Lawford, Warwickshire – 34.6mm
Larkhill, Wiltshire – 34.4mm
Westonbirt, Gloucestershire – 33.4mm
Northampton, Moulton Park, Northamptonshire – 31.2mm
Wellesbourne, Warwickshire – 30.8mm
The #stormwithnoname

The storm was described as the #stormwithnoname by some on social media, with many expecting it to be named as with previous storms (the latest being storm Imogen (07 to 08 February 2016) and
Jake (01 to 02 March 2016).

The Met Office, together with Met Éireann started a pilot project “Name our Storms”  during autumn last year to help raise awareness of severe weather.

The Met Office explained why this particular storm was left nameless. “Storms are named by the Met Office when medium or high impacts are forecast as a result of high winds. As this weather system was not expected to meet this criteria it was not named.”

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Heavy thunderstorms and flash flooding to hit UAE, Iran and Oman this week

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A series of tropical disturbances will move across the Middle East this week, bringing heavy thunderstorms. This will lead to flash flooding across much of UAE, Iran and Oman.

Locally heavy downpours will develop over the next few days thereby causing normally dry rivers to swell, inundating some roads. The maximum threat of flooding will be from eastern Oman to southeastern Iran. Eastern Oman cities like Muscat and Sohar will be majorly affected by flash flooding this week. A low-pressure system moving over Iran on Tuesday and Wednesday will lead to an increase in thunderstorm activity and these are the days when the risk of flooding will be the greatest. These severe thunderstorms will move into southeast Iran as well and will affect areas from Bahl to Chabahar and inland towards Zahedan.

In Dubai also, rain will occur for several days this week. But the city will escape the flood fury. Despite this, the downpours will lead to travel disruptions. The people in the city have been warned not to drive on flooded roads.

This series of showers and thunderstorms will move in a northerly direction towards Afghanistan and Pakistan this week. While, the flooding will not be as severe as to the south, the downpours could lead to rivers overflowing. Isolated and spotty thunderstorms could develop in and around Karachi this week.

The final low-pressure system is expected to leave the region later this week and this will lead to decreased thunderstorm activity. Dry weather is expected during the weekend.

6 Dead After Floods in Cuanza Sul Province in Angola, Death Toll Rises in Huíla Floods

Deadly floods have struck once again in Angola, this time in Cuanza Sul Province, just days after tragedy struck in the city of Lubango where flash floods killed 24 people and left many more missing.

Cuanza Sul Province

ANGOP, the government news agency in Angola, report that at least 6 people have died in floods in Cuanza Sul Province between 05 and 07 March 2016.

The fatalities occurred in Quissala and Bumba neighbourhoods of Sumbe Municipality, in the central Cuanza Sul Province. Four of the victims, all children, died after a house collapsed. A further 16 houses have also been destroyed in the floods. ANGOP report that 168 houses, a hospital and 3 schools have also been damaged.

Death Toll Rises in Lubango, Huíla

More bodies have been recovered by emergency workers in Lubango, Huíla, bringing the death toll to 29. Heavy rain fell for around 9 hours on Monday 29 February 2016. Local media report that two rivers – the Capitao and the Caculuvar – overflowed on 01 March, leaving a train of devastation.

A few days after the tragedy, the Archbishop of Lubango, Gabriel Mbilingui called on the that the Angolan government to prevent people building homes in risk areas to avoid losses in human life. He added that the state must strengthen awareness and dialogue showing the people the dangers of this kind of behaviour.

Speaking to ANGOP, the Archbishop said: “The government must stop construction in risk zones….Even if sometimes people do not know the danger of certain conditions, the competent authorities must always act since it is why they are there.”

Lunda Sul Province

Local media in Angola have also reported that floods and heavy rain since the start of the year have destroyed 308 homes in the municipalities of Cacolo, Dala and Saurimo, leaving at least 1,544 people homeless in he eastern province of Lunda Sul.

A further 59 homes have been damaged. Flooding has also caused damage to transport, bridges and schools.

Floods and Landslides Leave 2 Dead, 1 Missing, Hundreds Evacuated in Indonesia

Heavy rain continued affecting several areas of Indonesia over the last week. Media report that over 1,000 homes have suffered damage and hundreds of people have evacuated in parts of Jakarta. At least 2 people have died and 1 is missing after heavy rain triggered landslides in the Cianjur Regency of West Java province.

Jambi and South Kalimantan

Hundreds of houses have been flooded in Sarolangun Regency of Jambi, and Tanah Bumbu Regency, South Kalimantan, according to a spokesman from Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB).

West Java Landslides

Heavy rain has also affected areas of Lampung, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, West Java over the last few days.

Several landslides were reported in Cianjur Regency, West Java province. On 09 March, a landslide injured 11 people and damaged a hotel building in Cianjur town. The previous day landslides in the villages of Sukaresmi and Sukamahi left two people dead and one missing.

Jakarta Floods

BNPD said that heavy rain upstream in the Puncak areas, the mountainous region in West Java, caused levels of the Ciliwung River to rise quickly on Monday 07 March 2016. Several districts in East and South Jakarta were flooded as a result.

The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency reported on Tuesday 08 March that floods were affecting 8,815 people from 2,507 households. Berita Jakarta reports that over 400 households were evacuated in Rawajati, South Jakarta.

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Floods in Canada to Cost $673 Million Per Year

Looking across the Bow River at the Calgary downtown core towards Prince’s Island Park from Crescent Heights during the flood of June 21, 2013.
Photo credit: Wilson Hui, CC BY 2.0
The Canadian parliament anticipate that the effects of climate change will rocket over the next five years, costing over $900 million dollars per year.

Floods, hurricanes and storms are on in the increase, and the predicted cost is hugely over average budgets for such extreme weather in the past. Storms alone will cost the government $229 million per year, but flooding will be even more expensive at $673 per year over the next five years.

The report was released from the parliamentary budget office, and has pointed to global warming and climate change as a probable cause for the sharp increase in extreme weather and flooding of the Canadian prairies.

The report states that “the warming in the Arctic has been associated with persistent weather systems in the mid-latitudes as well as extreme weather events. Consistent with this, multiple-day rain events have significantly increased in the Prairie provinces and in the Rockies. The recent record setting multiple-day rainfalls in southeastern Saskatchewan in 2010 and 2014 are likely examples.”

The Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements is a government fund which will inject money into areas that are hit by flooding and extreme conditions. One of the contributing factors to the high outlays from flooding is a problem with insurance. Many Canadians living in at-risk areas cannot afford a decent insurance plan which will cover flood damage.

“In addition, the program’s design does not incentivize active flood damage mitigation in many of the affected areas. For example, over the past 10 years (2005-2014), Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta have accounted for 82 per cent of all DFAA weather event costs, almost all of which are a result of flooding, despite accounting for only 18% of Canada’s population.”

Another factor is the regulation of the floodplains in the region.

“Furthermore, Saskatchewan has unlicensed drainage of wetlands that increases peak flows during floods and Alberta appears to have inaccurate flood maps. Furthermore, in creating flood maps, Alberta does not take into account rising groundwater and debris floods on steep mountain creeks,” the report states.
But these increasing figures are not a new occurrence for the Canadian government. Natural disasters caused by extreme weather have been on the rise for the past twenty years, and therefore, so have the costs. The federal disaster fund increased from $54 million per year between 1970 and 1994, to $290 million between 1995 and 2004, and an incredible $410 million since 2005.

The sharp rise can be attributed to certain events which ended up being major Canadian disasters. Saskatchewan experienced a period of extremely heavy rain in 2014, Toronto suffered from an ice storm in December 2013, Alberta and British Columbia were hit by serious flooding in June 2013, and Manitoba’s Assiniboine River burst its banks in 2011. The reason these past events have such an impact on the predictions of the report is because actual transfer of funds to the areas hit may take up to eight years.

Extreme weather included in the report were hurricanes, convective storms and winter storms, but the most costly was that of flooding. The costs of all these disasters have had a significant effect on the government, and the report reflects the increase in events with an increase in cost.

More Floods Hit Sarawak, Malaysia After 93 mm of Rain in 24 Hours

In a seemingly endless wave of floods in Serawak, Malaysia, heavy rain has once again forced dozens from their homes, this time in Sarikei.

Malaysia disaster authorities report that around 34 people have been evacuated and are currently housed in a relief centre.

According to WMO figures, 93.2 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 07 and 08 March in Sibu, Serawak.

Malaysian Meteorological Department have issued a warning for further heavy rain for several areas of Sarawak, including Mukah, Sibu, Sarikei, Betong, Sri Aman, Serian, Samarahan and Kuching.
Fourth Flood Event Since Early February 2016

This is the fourth serious flood event to strike in the state since the start of February and the late onset of the rainy season.

A torrential downpour that began early on Saturday 27 February caused severe flooding in and some landslides in the district of Serian. Other areas affected included Padawan, Penrissen and Bau-Lundu. The state’s capital city, Kuching, was also badly affected, with some streets under 70 cm of water at the peak of the floods.

Flooding that began on 19 February affected as many as 10,000, according to Malaysian disaster management authorities, with around 7,000 evacuated at the peak of the floods. One man died when he was swept away by flood water near to a river in Kampung Maan in Padawan.

After heavy rain on 05 February, 1,361 people were evacuated in Sarawak, mostly from areas of Kuching.

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