KC McGinnis | January 1, 2016
As residents of St. Louis and surrounding communities along the Mississippi River respond to unprecedented winter flooding caused by heavy winter rains in Iowa and Minnesota, members of the Iowa National Guard are preparing to help.
The Iowa National Guard is sending dozens of members and vehicles to communities like High Ridge, Mo., to help with water purification and transportation after the city’s water treatment plant was closed due to flooding and contamination of its water.
Mississippi River flooding has so far caused forced evacuations, interstate blockages, and multiple wastewater treatment closures like the one in High Ridge. The flooding is due in large part to heavy winter precipitation upstream that came in the form of rain instead of snow in December. The unusual rainstorms can be attributed to increased moisture in the atmosphere caused by human-induced warming of the planet.