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When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?

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When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?

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The Mississippi River is rising again as torrential rain falls across much of the Midwest. It’s the latest in a series of storms that have flooded major cities and small communities along the length of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers on and off for more than a month.

In some places, homes and businesses in what’s known as the 100-year flood plain have been hit by multiple floods in a matter of weeks. One St. Louis suburb has now suffered three major floods since 2015, at least two of which were approximately 1-in-100-year events.

When these sorts of floods happen back to back, many residents might start to wonder: Why are they even called 100-year floods…

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