Mississippi River flooding has caused evacuations in Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in the area and called out the National Guard to help protect and rescue citizens. A total of 19 levies on the powerful river have been left "vulnerable" by the water swelling to its bank and beyond. Heavy rains and unseasonably warm temperatures have been deemed responsible for the historic Missouri floods.
The Mississippi River flooding have already threatened hundreds of homes in both Missouri and Illinois. While flooding in the region is not unusual, facing such a severe threat in during the winter is quite unique. Storm Frank, which is wreaking havoc in the United Kingdom, helped to usher in the extreme weather front. If predictions by meteorologists are accurate, the high winds, rain, and rising temperatures sparked by Frank could cause the North Pole to go above freezing in the winter for only the second time ever in recorded history.
Mississippi River Flooding Threatens Missouri, State of Emergency Declared