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