Flooding has commonly been an issue in the southern states such as Florida or California, however, new research suggests that the risk of flooding has shifted to the northern half of the United States.
The United States has seen it’s fair share of flood-related disasters, more so as a by-product from a bigger disaster. The psychological and monetary damage caused can be quite devastating to every victim involved. States such as Florida have seen quite a bit of damage caused by flooding from various hurricanes.
Insurance Journal reports on a new study which seems to suggest that flooding is becoming much more of an issue in the northern states.
The study, which was headed by several engineers from the University of Iowa, used data compiled from ” water-height information between 1985 and 2015 from 2,042 stream gauges operated by the U.S. Geological Survey.”
This data was then compared to information taken from NASA satellite scans on the amount of water stored in the ground.
What it boils down to is:
…the northern sections of the country, generally, have an increased amount of water stored in the ground, and thus are at greater risk for minor and moderate flooding, two flood categories used by the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, minor to moderate flood risk was decreasing in the southern portions of the U.S., where stored water has declined.
In the southwestern areas of the U.S., the satellite data showed that the water stored underground had decreased, which from a logical viewpoint makes sense since those states suffered occurrences of drought.
There’s a number of speculated reasons for the increased underground water in the northern states, but one of the primary reasons may be the increase in rainfall that we’ve all seen in the past decade.
This engineers involved are hoping to use this new data on flood patterns to chnage communications to those in affected areas.