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Historic Mid-West Flooding Is A Harbinger Of Things To Come

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There is no going back now.

Climate change is here, bearing its teeth.

We'd better learn to adapt--or perish.

Recent floods in the Mid-west are causing climate scientists to warn of an ominous future, as 350.org co-founder, Bill McKibben, told ThinkProgress:

"Increased flooding is one of the clearest signals of a changing climate."

John Hickey, director of the Sierra Club's Missouri chapter, added:

"This level of flooding is becoming the new normal."

As of last week, nine million people in 14 states are living under flood warnings.

Nebraska, for example, is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years.

At least three people have died after the Missouri, Platte, and Elkhorn rivers crested to record levels when a "bomb cyclone"a massive weather cell producing high winds, snow, and heavy rain--touched down.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said:

"Nebraska has experienced historic flooding and extreme weather in nearly every region of the state."

Contributing to flooding was 30 inches of snow--200% above normal--and already above-average river levels in the eastern part of the state, leading to the fifth wettest season in 124 years.

2019 is not even half over yet, and already floods are expected to exceed $1.3 billion in Nebraska alone.

As of last week, floodwaters were still flowing downstream toward St. Louis.

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