5.19.2011

Watch the Weather Channel more! Flooding overwhelms thousands of acres, causes billions in damages

by Starla Muhammad (Source: The Final Call Newspaper)

New flood records have been recorded in dozens of cities along the Mississippi since flooding began in late April. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports water cresting at 47.9 ft. in Memphis, nearly 14 feet above flood stage. Cresting of 56.5 ft. was reported in Helena, Ark. Cities will not be spared in the upcoming weeks, as 53.5 ft. is predicted for Arkansas City, Ark., 64.5 ft. for Greenville, Miss., 57.5 ft. for Vicksburg, Miss., 64 ft. for Natchez, Miss., and 65.5 ft. for Red River Landing, La.

On May 14, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway in an effort to prevent flood waters from effecting larger cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge by intentionally flooding surrounding areas. It is the first time the spillway has been opened in 40 years.

Flooding along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers this year was largely due to increased rainfall. “At certain locations in the watershed we had 600 percent greater than normal rainfall, and that's one of the main reasons we are seeing such historic flood levels,” said Bob Anderson, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, reported VOA news.

“Also, the fact is we had a tremendous amount of snow over the winter and all that started melting about the same time all this rain started falling a few weeks ago,” he added. In “The Fall of America,” the Honorable Elijah Muhammad writes, “To be plagued with too much rain will destroy property and lives. It swells the rivers and creeks. Too much rain floods cities and towns. Large bodies of water at the ocean shores lines will be made to swell with unusually high waves, dumping billions of tons of water over the now seashore line.”

“Rain destroys property and kills cattle by drowning them in low lands. Rain destroys the hiding places of vicious beasts and reptiles bringing them out fighting in small towns in peoples' homes and farms.”

“Rain weakens and destroys railroads, truck line beds and bridges. Rain undermines foundations of all types of buildings. Rain makes the atmosphere too heavy with moisture causing sickness.”

“Wind with rain can bring destruction to towns and cities, bringing various germs, causing sickness to the people. It produces unclean water by the swelling of streams and destroying reservoirs of pure drinking water used for the health of the people. Rain is a destructive army within itself. Hail stones are also a property and life destroyer.”

The Hon. Elijah Muhammad taught that America is surrounded with the judgment of Allah (God) and the weather calamities would increase, taking both a physical and economic toll on a country that for years thought herself invincible.

Millions of acres of land and city infrastructure have been destroyed or damaged. Does America still have the resources and might to rebuild her cities, decimated by the recent barrage of rain, hail, snow, ice tornadoes, storms, floods and wildfires?

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