Extreme winter conditions in the United States have crippled various Midwest cities and caused extensive flooding in the Western State of Idaho.
GV Snowbound aircraft at Ohio airport
TV Traffic jam on road
GV & SV Stranded 'plans passengers (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV Truck in snow
GV Snow plough
LV ZOOM IN Ground crew unloading baggage from 'plane
GV Snow covered bridge PAN flooded river in Idaho
SV Families piling belongings
SV Man wading through flood water & ice
GTV PAN Mobile homes surrounded by ice covered flooded water
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Background: Extreme winter conditions in the United States have crippled various Midwest cities and caused extensive flooding in the Western State of Idaho.
The first major snowstorm of the year his various parts of the eastern part of the country over the weekend. As much as twenty-four inches (.6 metres) of snow fell in some areas. In Cleveland, Ohio traffic moved at a crawl and the airport was closed, stranding hundreds of travellers. Baggage piled up because trucks were unable to move it, and the severe weather prevented any aircraft from flying.
In Blackfoot, Idaho, extreme cold temperatures over the past week have caused the Snake River to clog with ice, impeding the progress of water under the ice. As a result, the river is overflowing its banks -- the water proceeding unseen beneath the snow. Further problems arise because if the cold weather continues the river will clog further, causing more flooding. If, on the other hand, the whether should turn warmer melting snow will cause a further rise in the water level of the river.
SYNOPSIS: Extreme weather conditions have crippled several areas of the United States. Aircraft are snowbound in Cleveland, Ohio and cars are forced to travel at a crawl. More than twenty-four inches of snow have fallen in some areas. Air passengers have been stranded -- forced to wait until weather conditions and ground crews can allow their aircraft to fly again.
Snow ploughs could not cope with the accumulations of snow. Baggage at the airport piled up because trucks had difficulty moving it.
In the Western State of Idaho the Snake River flooded its banks as extreme cold temperatures clogged the river with ice. The water ran unseen under the surrounding snow.
Families were forced from their homes, trying to salvage as many of their belongings as they could. But, the Army Corps of Engineers -- who are in charge of rescue operations -- predict more problems in the future. If the old weather continues, more flooding will result as more ice accumulates. But even if the weather should turn warm, more flooding is likely as water from melting snow raises the river's level.