December 16, 2011
The states in the southeastern part of the country have many names, but from the Volunteer to the Bayou, the Magnolia to the Yellowhammer, recently they’ve all simply been called states of disaster. This spring, the region was inundated by unprecedented weather events that caused widespread devastation. Snowmelt from a record-breaking blizzard in the Northeast combined with heavy rain to cause historic levels of flooding in the Mississippi River Valley. Meanwhile, a massive storm system sparked tornadoes in seven Southeastern states, making it the country’s most deadly outbreak in 79 years.