Major rivers across the Midwest are experiencing historically unprecedented levels of flooding. The disaster is already a billion dollar bill according to insurance experts. NOAA states the threat will become more widespread geographically and at least 200 million people are at risk for flooding in their communities. The Midwest is one of the largest agricultural regions for the US and the region is fearing for their livelihoods because of the $400 million affect as they’re cut from their livestock and supplies to care for them.
The conversation around the impacts of climate change has been focused and rooted in sea level change, polluted cities and dramatic natural disasters. The most dramatic events such as hurricanes and wild fires have stolen the coverage and made us focus on how the coastal cities will take the brunt of the effect. This is a wake up call to those across rural America that the destabilization of our climate will affect everyone and that policy and preparation towards mitigation must be a priority no matter where you live.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/spring-outlook-historic-widespread-flooding-to-continue-through-may