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Mississippi River to be at record stage/height


NicholasShetley

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I heard on the local news station that the Mississippi River is expected to be at record height on January first. The station is out of Cape Girardeau Missouri and the previous record was 45.5 feet and it is expected to be at 48.5 feet. Flood stage is at 32 feet too. People are already evacuating the low lying areas around there since s lot of it is low lying farmland. I'm about an hour away from the river so we are fine but it is still crazy to think that the river is going to be that much higher than 1993.

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The flooding we had a few years ago was crazy for the area but is nothing compared to that. We are supposed to get some freezing rain out of that same storm system the good thing is we are on the edge of it so we are not getting too much.  Losing power when its cold sucks!!

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Here is a picture of the gas station where one of my friends works. It is under a lot of water right now. This is to the west of St. Louis. I'm about 70-80 miles directly south of St. Louis to give you guys some direction as to where I'm from

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Be careful Nicholas, I hope you guys are okay and continue to be that way!

We are fine here. There are just a lot of smaller creeks that were rolling pretty good here. We had a couple of spots where water was over the road but nothing major. In 93 my grandparents and my uncle had to evacuate. I wasn't born then so I can't compare this to the flooding then.
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We are fine here. There are just a lot of smaller creeks that were rolling pretty good here. We had a couple of spots where water was over the road but nothing major. In 93 my grandparents and my uncle had to evacuate. I wasn't born then so I can't compare this to the flooding then.

 

That's must be the year I remember too. 

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At least it's not as bad as it was in 1937: 

 

The Ohio River flood of 1937 took place in late January and February 1937. With damage stretching from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois, one million people were left homeless, with 385 dead and property losses reaching $500 million ($8 billion in 2012 dollars). Federal and state resources were strained to aid recovery, as the disaster occurred during the depths of the Great Depression and a few years after the Dust Bowl.[1]

 

  • January 5: Water levels began to rise.
  • January 10–18: Numerous flood warnings were issued across much of the region.
  • January 13–24: Near record rainfalls were recorded.
  • January 18: Numerous homes were flooded as the Ohio River started to overflow its banks due to the heavy rains.
  • January 23–24: Martial law was declared in Evansville, Indiana, where the water level was at 54 feet (16 m).[2]
  • January 26: River gauge levels reached 80 feet (24 m) in Cincinnati, the highest level in the city's history.[3]
  • January 27: River gauge reached 57 feet (17 m) in the Louisville area, setting a new record. Seventy percent of the city was under water at that time.[4]
  • February 2: River gauge reached over 60 feet (18 m) in Paducah, Kentucky.[4]
  • February 5: Water levels fell below the flood stage for the first time in nearly three weeks in several regions.

 

Sounds like a totally junk time to be alive...

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My uncle who drives to St. Louis for work everyday called my dad this evening and said that water is now over interstate 55. He just barely made it home and he is off tomorrow. He also said that the highway patrol was escorting concrete trucks hauling sand and he said that they were getting with it too. I guess it is getting serious now. I checked the Modot website for road closures and if I had to go back to school today it would take me at least 6-7 hours instead of just under 3. Luckily I don't have to go back until Monday. il keep you guys posted if I hear anything else.

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I just crossed the Mississippi a few hours ago on my way to MO. We cross just north of St. Louis and it's crazy how high the river is. My in laws have a Resturant on lake of the Ozarks and the water was 1/2" below the top of the foundation. Other folks in the area are not so lucky. The water on the lake has gone down quite a bit but that is do to Bagnell dam flood gates. It's going to take a good while before its all over.

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