USA – Flash Floods and Landslides Hit South and Midwest

Heavy rain in southern and midwestern states of the USA has caused several landslides and widespread surface flooding.

A severe landslide occurred in Hawkins County, Tennessee, where 1 person died and 1 was injured. Photo: TDOT

Local media reported high water rescues after people were stranded in vehicles in Indiana and Alabama. Roads have been closed in parts of Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky after heavy rain caused surface flooding and some landslides.

A major landslide also occurred in Hawkins County, Tennessee, where one person died and another was injured, according to local media reports.

Rising Rivers

The heavy rain also caused some rivers to rise, including the Sinking Creek near Lebanon, Tennessee, prompting local authorities to evacuate a nearby camp site.

As of 22 February, Big Nance Creek at Courtland in Alabama was above Major Flood stage (19 feet), standing at 19.55 feet and expected to rise to around 21 feet by 23 February.

Big Nance Creek AL at Courtland. Image: NWS / NOAA

 

Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

Meanwhile levels of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers are also high, mostly as a result of longer-term rainfall. 

As of 22 February, the Ohio at Cairo, Illinois and the Mississippi at Osceola, Arkansa, were above Major Flood stage and expected to rise further over the next 24 hours at least.

Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois. Image; NWS / NOAA

 

Mississippi River at Osceola, Arkansas. Image; NWS / NOAA

Flood Summary

Last updated: February 22, 2019
Event
Southern and Midwestern USA, February 2019
Date
February 21 to February 22, 2019
Type
Flash flood, Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Wide areas of southern and midwestern USA saw heavy rain from 21 February. One person died in a landslide in Tennessee, where flooding also prompted some evacuations.

Locations

A - Hawkins County, Tennessee
B - Lebanon, Tennessee
C - Huntsville, Alabama
D - Paducah, Kentucky
E - Clinton, Kentucky
F - Florence, Alabama
G - Jackson County, Indiana
H - Louisville, KY, USA - Rainfall level 50 mm in 24 hours
I - Lexington - Rainfall level 51 mm in 24 hours
J - Evansville - Rainfall level 51 mm in 24 hours
K - Old Hickory, Nashville, TN, USA - Rainfall level 50 mm in 24 hours
L - Paducah - Rainfall level 73.3 mm in 24 hours
M - Huntsville, AL, USA - Rainfall level 59.5 mm in 24 hours
N - Chattanooga, TN, USA - Rainfall level 55.5 mm in 24 hours
O - Meridian, MS, USA - Rainfall level 68.6 mm in 24 hours
P - Rome, GA - Rainfall level 52 mm in 24 hours
Q - Tupelo, MS, USA - Rainfall level 68 mm in 24 hours

Magnitude

Rainfall level
50 mm in 24 hours
Louisville, KY, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
51 mm in 24 hours
Lexington - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
51 mm in 24 hours
Evansville - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
50 mm in 24 hours
Old Hickory, Nashville, TN, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
73.3 mm in 24 hours
Paducah - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
59.5 mm in 24 hours
Huntsville, AL, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
55.5 mm in 24 hours
Chattanooga, TN, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
68.6 mm in 24 hours
Meridian, MS, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
52 mm in 24 hours
Rome, GA - February 20 to February 21, 2019
Rainfall level
68 mm in 24 hours
Tupelo, MS, USA - February 21 to February 22, 2019

Damages

Fatalities
1 person
Hawkins County, Tennessee - February 21 to February 22, 2019
Evacuated
50 people
Lebanon, Tennessee - February 21 to February 22, 2019
Estimated figures
Rescued
4 people
Jackson County, Indiana - February 21 to February 22, 2019
Rescued
2 people
Florence, Alabama - February 21 to February 22, 2019