LOCAL FOOTBALL SCORING UPDATES PRESENTED BY THE HUNGRY HOBO:

While Rock recedes, other rivers rising after second weekend of rain


Share
Originally Posted Online: March 18, 2013, 12:13 pm
Last Updated: March 18, 2013, 3:36 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Another wet weekend has some Midwestern rivers rising, creating flooding that is an ironic end to a winter spent fretting about drought.

Parts of eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois were hardest hit by rain that began Saturday afternoon and fell through Sunday. National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said Monday that Potosi, Mo., got 4.4 inches of rain, Randolph County, Ill., received 4.1 inches, and Farmington, Mo., had 3.9 inches.

Rain from the most recent storms combined with that from the previous weekend and melt from two big snows in the weeks before that to fill the region's rivers, including the Mississippi River. Just a month ago, the Mississippi was so low barge traffic was restricted and there was concern it could be shut down entirely.

'It's certainly a lot different of a picture than three or four weeks ago,' Gosselin said.

The National Weather Service said several rivers were at or near flood stage in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri. The Mississippi was approaching flood stage at several spots south of St. Louis to Cairo, Ill., where it joins with the Ohio River.

Not that Cairo residents have been worried. The town is protected by a massive flood wall. Though the Ohio River was a foot above flood stage Monday, it would need to climb another 20 feet to overtop the barrier. Cairo was a national focal point just two years ago when record flooding lapped at the top of the wall, but never got above it.

'The truth is Cairo has not had floodwaters since June 7, 1858,' town treasurer Preston Ewing said, expressing some frustration that outsiders think his community gets wet every time the river tops technical flood stage.

'From time to time, the Ohio and the Mississippi try to storm the town, but we're so tough we hold them back,' Ewing said.

More troublesome than the big rivers were the smaller waterways. The Meramec River, which runs along several St. Louis-area towns, was flooding roads and adjacent land. Water rose so quickly Sunday that Meramec State Park had to be evacuated. A camper missing for several hours finally turned up around 2 a.m. Monday, Gosselin said. He was OK, but his trailer got wet.

Heavy rain also caused a fast rise in Saline Creek in southeast Missouri. Andrew Jokerst, 27, learned a hard lesson about crossing a flooded bridge when Perry County authorities had to rescue him from his flooded Camaro on Sunday night. Jokerst took it in stride, smoking a cigarette while waiting patiently for help to arrive, Sheriff Gary Schaaf said.

'He is really lucky he didn't take a ride and get swept off,' Schaaf said. 'We tell people year after year, 'Don't do this,' but somebody always does.'

There was no such drama in southeastern Iowa, but Wapsipinicon River north of Davenport was so flooded that a few homes and old U.S. 61 were threatened.

Gosselin said the region should be in for a bit of a break - no heavy precipitation is expected for the next several days. He's hoping that holds true.

'The soil's obviously very, very saturated,' Gosselin said.
















 



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






(More History)