Chattahoochee River flooding

April Fool’s Day brought a lot of rain to the Fort Benning and Columbus area. My friends from home flew in for a long weekend and planned to sit by the pool all day while I was at work, until it stormed all day. Needless to say, that did not happen.

After I got out of work, we decided to take advantage of the rainy day by going to the National Infantry Museum. We then went downtown to go to dinner, and that is when we saw the results of the storm.

The Chattahoochee River completely flooded the riverwalk and its surroundings. I quickly tweeted my video of the flood to The Weather Channel and other local news stations. My tweet was picked up by The Weather Channel, ABC News, storm chasers and a local news reporter. I was SO excited to get a “favorite” and mention from The Weather Channel on Twitter! You can see the video and tweet by clicking here.

Below are some pictures I took of the flooding from my phone. You can see how much rain fell if you look at the lamp posts.

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South Carolina flooding

Hurricane Joaquin took a toll on South Carolina. The Weather Channel states at least 17 people have died. Not only are people in danger from the flooding, but the abandoned and lost pets are as well. Read my article on Examiner.com about the animal rescue mission in South Carolina by clicking here.

The damage from the flood is horrible, and I wish the best for all of people, animals, and rescue teams who are currently in this situation. To read the latest about Hurricane Joaquin and its damage, click here. I highly suggest watching the videos and going through the slideshow of photos to see the intense, dangerous conditions the storm created.

Deadly flooding in Utah

The current flooding in Utah is disastrous and has completely shocked the Hildale community. People have tried their best to escape the nasty floods, but most of them were just swept back in. It is so sad seeing neighborhoods being swept away, and to hear of people passing from this unfortunate event. The death toll is at 16 with four people missing. According to The Weather Channel, 150 people from county, state, and federal agencies, 500 community volunteers, and about a handful of search dogs are working search and rescue missions in Hildale and a close by down nearby, Colorado City. We can only hope that the death toll and missing persons reports do not get any higher.

If you have never experienced a flood or haven’t seen one on television, I would suggest watching the footage below provided by Virginia Black, a local resident. It is scary how fast the floods can develop and it can be so unpredictable and lead to fatal events, like this one. It’s important to remember that when floods are occurring that there are big chances of severe thunderstorms with extremely heavy rainfall periods, which may lead to more flash flooding.

ABC News: Dramatic Footage Captures Deadly Flash Flooding in Utah

Prepare yourself for flooding with these tips from FEMA.