Would you call it this year's flood of the century? Scenes of water everywhere--highways and country roads inundated, farmland and suburban backyards turned into waterways.
There are videos on You Tube, reports on Facebook, Twitter updates. There are pictures from Albany Park in Chicago to Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
The U.S. Geological Survey says it has measured "the highest levels of flooding ever recorded" in Illinois, and "more record levels are expected as flooding moves downstream."
The Peoria Journal Star reports that the Illinois River crested in Peoria at an all-time high on Tuesday at 29.35 feet, breaking the record set in 1943, and the Mississippi River crested early Thursday morning at 35. 5 feet --5.5 feet above flood stage.
Four flooding-related deaths have been reported according to CNN--one along Salt Creek in DuPage County, two in Arcadia, Indiana, and one in DeSoto, Missouri.
Governor Quinn has declared 48 Illinois counties disaster areas.
Locally, the waters are receding, but the Fox and Des Plaines Rivers are still high and dangerous. Disaster relief is needed, but there are no words for the hardship and loss. Communities are just beginning the process of assessing the damage and cleaning up.
Even as green returns, and long-awaited spring, farmers wait for fields to dry out enough to begin spring planting.
Is this the picture of things to come? Is this what climate change looks like?
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