Decades ago, Holly Bluff was „THE town,” Brooks said. Small but thriving, Holly Bluff had doctors, grocery stores and a school.Now those are gone. The only remaining store and community hub is Junae’s Groceries. There, locals can buy a burger and a cold beer. Also for sale are cartons of cigarettes, candy and travel-sized toiletries.”After (the flood of) ’73 it became kind of a ghost town,” she said. „I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like after this flood.”While Brooks used to have more than 100 customers a day, that number has dropped to 10 to 15, she said.”Once it dries, (farmers) can get back in the fields. But I think it will have a long term affect on our wildlife. From November to February, our sole financial income is based on the deer and duck hunters,” she said. „If wildlife isn’t here … we’ll have no income coming in for the store for the next five months.”The flooding is taking an emotional toll on everyone in the community, she said.”People are getting very depressed. Nobody comes in laughing. Nobody comes in like normal. They’re all just like, ‘What are they saying about the water today? Did it rise last night?’ ” she said. „These people, they’re grown men who have worked their whole lives. … They call me crying or come into the store, literally crying, because they’re scared they’re going to lose everything.”‘A total loss’ for young farmer’s familyParker Adcock, 25, sits in the dining room of his flooded Holly Bluff home. „It was kind of my stepping stone coming out of school. I put what I did have, what I made during school into it… now it’s a total loss,” Adcock said. Adcock expects that the worst is yet to come. His wife is having a baby boy in December and he’s doubtful he’ll have a permanent place to stay by then. In addition to losing his home, the young farmer won’t have a crop this year. Tuesday, June 11, 2019.In order for Parker Adcock, 25, to get into his home, he must drive over miles of water-covered roads, wade through the knee-high pond that is his front yard and check for snakes on the porch.He, his pregnant wife and 6-year-old daughter are staying with his parents after they were forced to leave their home by flooding.The interior of his house is waterlogged; the air is humid and malodorous and a slippery film of algae covers his floors under inches of water.Though there’s not much sentimental value attached to this house, he said it’s a huge financial blow to his family.”It was kind of my stepping stone coming out of school. I put what I did have, what I made during school into it. … Now it’s a total loss,” Adcock said.He expects the worst is yet to come. His baby boy is due in December. He is doubtful he’ll have a permanent place to stay by then. In addition to losing his home, the young farmer won’t have a crop this year.”It’s a day-to-day strain. You just kind of have to roll with the punches. Take it one day at a time,” he said.Even so, Adcock manages to stay upbeat. He acknowledges that he is in a better situation than some others. For the time being, he can stay at his parents’ home and he has flood insurance.For him, what cuts most deeply is the belief that the scope of the flooding could have been limited, or altogether avoided.”This is a man-made disaster that could have been easily prevented,” he said.Will salvation be found in pumps?A clear message to „finish the pumps” is painted on tarp covering a levee protecting houses across from farmland flooded by backwaters in Holly Bluff. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Signs are popping up in the Delta. They’re posted on billboards, hung from houses and scrawled with spray paint on levees.”Finish the pumps!” they demand.The longer the flood drags on, more support builds for the Yazoo Backwater Pump project, a long-dead flood control and drainage proposal.Weather losses: Don’t expect big tax breaks on losses from flooding, stormsThe project, which started taking shape with the Flood Control Act of 1941, was killed in 2008 by the Environmental Protection Agency, which said the pumpswould result in „unacceptable damage” to wetlands that serve as „critical fish and wildlife habitat.”The Yazoo pumps project would cost more than $220 million to build, with an annual operating cost of more than $2 million, according to an EPA news releasefrom 2008, announcing the agency’s decision to veto.Opponents say the pumps could worsen flooding downstream, and environmental groups have argued that the pumps would be used by farmland owners to increase agricultural production.If the pumps had been built, they would not have prevented the backwater area from flooding, said Kent Parrish, senior project manager with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District. The pumps wouldn’t start working until flood water reaches 87 feet above sea level. They would have limited the scope of the flood’s impact, however.Many Holly Bluff residents feel resentment toward the EPA and believe flooding has harmed wildlife and the environment more than the pumps would have.”People who live here say, ‘When did wetlands become more important than human beings?’ ….That’s how we look at it,” Brooks, the Holly Bluff business owner said.During a May news conference Gov. Phil Bryant said the EPA is reviewing its veto decision.Dale Cockrell’s family has been farming in the Delta for at least four generations, but after weathering this year’s flood, he says he won’t be staying in the area.Dave Cockrell stands on the carport of his friend Paulette Gordon’s home in Holly Bluff where he has been staying since his home was flooded. MEMA doesn’t know how many families have been displaced to date. In Warren, Yazoo, Sharkey, Issaquena, Humphreys and Wilkinson counties, MEMA received more than 500 applications for the temporary housing program. Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Flooded farmland has prevented him from planting anything. His home is underwater. Cockrell fears that flooding will only come back stronger and more frequently in the future.”Do I want to stay and put up with this? No, not if they don’t put in the pumps,” he said.Asked where he might be headed next, Cockrell mused, „I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska.”Follow Alissa Zhu on Twitter: @AlissaZhuThis article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Weathering months of flooding, residents fear Mississippi town will never be the same
High heat again blazed across Europe Thursday as several countries braced for what could be the hottest day yet on Friday.The heat in France will be particularly brutal, forecasters said, as the nation’s weather service Meteo France issued its highest-level danger alert.Blistering temperatures of 107 to 113 degrees were forecast in southern France on Friday, potentially breaking the country’s all-time record high of 111.4 degrees, set in August 2003. “A heat wave of this amplitude so early in the year, in June, is exceptional,” Meteo France meteorologist France Christelle Robert said. “We should expect more intense and frequent heat waves with climate change, because it will accentuate the extremes.”The Weather Channel said that La Rochelle, a town in western France, soared to its all-time high of 104.4 degrees Thursday afternoon, according to Etienne Kapikian, a weather forecaster at Météo-France.Germany recorded its hottest June temperature on record Wednesday, with a high of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit in Coschen, near the Polish border about 65 miles southeast of Berlin, according to German meteorological service DWD. The previous German June heat record had stood for almost 72 years.The Italian Health Ministry said seven cities, including Florence, Rome and Turin, already were at Italy’s highest heat warning level Thursday. On Friday, 16 cities will be under alerts for high temperatures, the health ministry said.Italian authorities instructed people to avoid being outside during the hottest hours of the day and to stay away from areas with a lot of vehicle traffic to prevent ozone exposure.Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg could all set June record high temperatures over the next few days, the Weather Channel said.Amid the blistering weather in Europe, hundreds of firefighters struggled to contain a wildfire in northeastern Spain that forced the evacuation of 53 residents.Miquel Buch, the regional interior minister, said authorities suspect the region’s worst fire in two decades started when the heat caused improperly stored chicken manure to combust at a farm.In the Czech Republic, where a new June temperature record was set this week, gorillas and polar bears at Prague’s zoo kept cool by eating their own version of sorbet.The heat will continue across Europe through the weekend before easing early next week, AccuWeather said. Although the World Meteorological Organization said „it is premature to attribute the unusually early heat wave to climate change,” extreme heat waves are among the clearest connections to human-caused climate change, numerous studies have indicated, including one from the National Academy of Sciences.In fact, climate change made the European heat waves in the summer of 2003 at least twice as likely; the 2003 heat episode was the deadliest natural disaster in Europe in the last 50 years, with a death toll exceeding 30,000 people. The heat wave in Europe follows extreme heat episodes in Australia, India, Pakistan and parts of the Middle East so far this year, the World Meteorological Organization said. Globally, extreme heat events are responsible for more deaths annually than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined, a study in American Journal of Preventative Medicine said.Even more concerning is that Europe’s five hottest summers since 1500 have all been in the 21st century, according to a climatology institute in Potsdam, Germany, the BBC said.Contributing: The Associated PressThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Extreme heat continues to scorch Europe; France braces for possible all-time record high Friday
Europe is bearing witness to record-breaking temperatures as an extreme and dangerous heat wave grips parts of the continent.As Europeans scramble to deal with the suffocating temperatures, French meteorologist Ruben Hallali discovered one photo that nicely sums up the way many are feeling about the weather pattern. A forecast map published on website Météociel that predicted temperatures across France on June 27 seems to resemble the image of a screaming skull.Hallali took to Twitter to share the eerie image alongside a photo of Edvard Munch’s iconic painting „The Scream.””Never seen that in the 15 years I’ve been looking at weather maps,” he wrote.
Amid this week’s sweltering temperatures, authorities in France and other European nations have announced multiple school closures and traffic restrictions, Reuters reports.Officials in Paris also extended operating hours for swimming pools and parks throughout the capital city to curb the effects of the deadly heat, which may surpass 38°C (100°F) on Thursday, according to AccuWeather. Euronews reports that during a similar 2003 heat wave, where temperatures rose as high as 40°C in some parts of Europe, at least 30,000 people died across the continent, with 14,000 deaths reported in France alone.