New Round Of Rain Could Cause More Floods In Southern U.S.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

The already soggy Gulf Coast is eyeing storm clouds, wary that the region's bulging rivers could burst their banks.

The National Weather Service says the area could see rain for two days straight, with the highest concentration in the waterlogged Florida Panhandle.

St. Tammany Parish, La., is watching the West Pearl River, which already sits four feet above flood stage. A Parish spokeswoman says she expects water to spill into the streets.

Even a sprinkling of rain could mean problems. A Mobile-based meteorologist says the rivers "are still so swollen that it's not going to take a lot of rain to bring them back up."

Parts of the Southeast have seen nearly a foot of rainfall in recent days, and a few areas had upward of 17 inches.

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