As we begin a new decade we wanted to have a look back at the things that made news – good, bad and inspiring – from 2010-19.
It was a decade with unspeakable tragedy, politicians behaving badly, extreme weather and small towns rallying around their own in a way others cannot.
This is part three of our series and it covers everyone’s favorite topic: weather. The other parts in this series cover the most shocking crimes, local politics, the good news and the way the community comes together in tragedy.
What most people will remember about this decade’s weather was the flooding.
On May 1, 2010, the county was hit with the worst flooding in its history, experts calling it a 100-year flood event. The flash flooding devastated parts of Munford, Atoka and Burlison, causing $20.4 million in damage.
The following year there was another devastating flooding situation when the Mississippi River hit record highs, causing its tributaries to rise as well. Millions of dollars in farmland were lost.
There was also a lot of snow and the ice storm in 2014 that, though it didn’t compare with the famed ice storm of 1994, shut the county down for for nearly a week.
The county has also seen several EF-1 tornados and straight-line winds, including one event in which Covington’s square was damaged and lost power for several days.