The Great Flood of 2019 Apr 3, 2019 9:04:00 GMT -5
Post by Daniel on Apr 3, 2019 9:04:00 GMT -5
The Great Flood of 2019
Apr 1, 2019
There has been massive flooding in the central region of the U.S. I lived in Nebraska from 1987 to 2009, so I’m very familiar with the state’s flood history. A few days ago, I was shocked to read reports of record flooding on the three largest rivers in the state.
According to a press release from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, or NEMA, the Missouri River crested between 30 and 47.5 feet in different areas throughout the state, breaking previous records by 1 to 4 feet. The Platte River in Louisville crested at 14.3 feet, breaking its 1960 record by 1.9 feet, NEMA said. The Elkhorn River at Waterloo crested at 24.6 feet, breaking its 1962 record by 5.5 feet.
I was stationed at Offutt Air force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska, and I was shocked to see the building where I first worked under several feet of water. The worst I’ve ever witnessed was water creeping up to the back gate of the base. In this flood about one-third of the base was under water, including 3,000 feet of runway, the 55th Wing headquarters building, and about 60 other structures. If this flood happened during the Cold War, it would be a national crisis to have the Strategic Air Command flooded out.
It is very strange to have so much water this early in the year. Most of the previous record floods were the result of massive spring or summer thunderstorms. The trigger for this flood was a historic winter storm called a “bomb cyclone.” This storm had hurricane force winds that dumped record amounts of rain and snow over a vast area.
This flooding has done a huge amount of damage to farmland. Over 200 miles of levees have been breached and several dams have been destroyed. It may take months for millions of acres to dry out. Cropland that has had water rushing over it may require years to recover from the buildup of sand and the removal of top soil.
The National Weather Service is warning that there may be worse to come in this apocalyptic Midwest flood. Thanks to a very snowy winter, a massive amount of snow is going to melt during the next several weeks. There are still 20 inches of snow in North Dakota, and Minnesota.
On top of all of that melting snow, forecasters are telling us that it will be a very rainy spring. During the next three months, the Weather Channel is warning that there will be “above-average precipitation across much of the Lower 48.”
The American farmer has always had to deal with good and bad years. Lately, the worst-case scenario has been the norm: a cold planting season and a wet harvest had corn yields edging lower for the past two years, drought thinned cattle herds in many Western states and pathogens have killed millions of chickens, turkeys and piglets. Farms filing for Chapter 12 bankruptcy protection rose by 19 percent last year across the Midwest, the highest level in a decade, according to data compiled by the American Farm Bureau.
In this year’s flood, farmers have lost a large amount of their 2018 crops and livestock. Millions upon millions of bushels of wheat, corn and soybeans have been washed away from ground-level storage bins and containers. It’s hard to get numbers on livestock deaths because ranchers are reluctant to acknowledge the death of their animals and blame themselves when it happens. The wind and icy water are a deadly combination. Many farms lost 10-20% of their calves during the flood. The recent decline in cattle future prices is seen as an indication that farmers are being forced to liquidate their herds because of heavy losses from winter kill.
I don’t expect to see a massive food shortage ahead of the rapture. Because it normally takes several years for a famine to develop, we may get a glimpse of worst to come from seeing a sudden decline in global food production. Unless the weather pattern suddenly turns around, this year may forewarn what could be the start of the predicted end-time famine.
“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny…” (Rev 6:5-6).
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