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Mississippi River Flooding

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This is not good for a lot of reasons. They has stopped barge traffic at St. Louis, there are damns in danger of being breached and this might have a serious impact on spring crops and planting.

 

MSD discovered an overflow at the Fenton Wastewater Treatment Plant that has resulted in sewage being diverted into rivers and streams in the area.

More: http://www.kmov.com/story/30845535/fenton-waste-plant-not-operating-sewage-flowing-into-rivers-and-streams

 

Residents of West Alton, Missouri are being evacuated due to the over-topping of the Consolidated North County Levee on the Mississippi River.

On Monday, authorities issued a voluntary evacuation request, but on Tuesday said flooding of the city was imminent.

More: http://www.kmov.com/story/30838907/modot-closing-route-67-in-alton-due-to-flooding

 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard Tuesday afternoon to help protect communities and provide support to emergency response personnel.

The Guard will provide security in evacuated areas and direct traffic from road closures.

More: http://www.kmov.com/story/30833784/gov-nixon-activates-mo-national-guard-for-flood-response

 

Rapidly rising floodwaters brought barge traffic to a near standstill on the middle section of the Mississippi River on Monday, halting shipments of goods such as soybeans, concrete and road salt, government officials and traders said.

More: http://www.marinelink.com/news/mississippi-floodwaters402778.aspx

 

Federal and state authorities are monitoring river levels across the state, and the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Baton Rouge.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a news release Monday night (Dec. 28) that authorities will consider "flood control actions" over the next few weeks.

More: http://www.nola.com/weather/index.ssf/2015/12/louisiana_bracing_for_river_fl.html

 

 

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The Mississippi River is rising and is expected to reach flood stage by Jan. 1.

The National Weather Service has provided a guide for knowing which areas are in danger as the water rises.

As of Monday evening, the water level was at 26 feet. That’s still a safe level, but swamps along the river in the western part of Shelby Forest are starting to flood. In Arkansas, roads on Beef Islands 10 and 11 are also beginning to flood.

At flood stage, 34 feet, roads to the levee south of West Memphis will be flooded and the camp on Robinson Road will be completely flooded.

Here’s what happens next, according to the NWS:

http://wreg.com/2015/12/28/how-does-the-mississippi-river-rising-affect-nearby-areas/

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Mississippi River rising close to historic levels in the New Year

The Mississippi River stage at Memphis is expected to crest at 43.5 feet January 9. That's nine and a half feet above the flood stage of 34 feet and just four feet below the historic flood stage of May 2011 when the river reached 48 feet.  

Some cites along the Mississippi River could see flooding reach levels that haven't been seen for more than twenty years. Flooding along the mighty Mississippi is typical during the spring and summer months when snow melt and spring rains cause river levels to rise, but flooding during a winter month is a rare event.  

More: http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/30843165/mississippi-river-rising-close-to-historic-levels-in-the-new-year

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These are major highways that a closed. This will have an impact on trucking. I would suggest, with all this flooding going on, make sure you are stocked up on the essentials because we might be seeing empty store shelves if the flooding continues.

 

Interstate 44 was closed near the central Missouri town of Rolla, and a section of Interstate 70 was shut down in southern Illinois. Hundreds of smaller roads and highways also were closed across the two states, and flood warnings were in effect.

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/rare-winter-flood-threatens-homes-closes-interstates/article_d90a8d11-8a0a-51fa-941f-925f2f25f88f.html

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Good gods. I can't imagine being in that situation. We get nervous on the East coast with some hurricane flooding, rains, this is darned near apocalyptic.

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Mother Nature is pissed at us for screwing with her. 

Ive got a buddy who's stuck on a barge up there when they put a haunt on some of the shipping. But of course he's enjoying the down time lol. I'm also hoping the flooding isn't bad down here in Louisiana. I'm easy of the river but live about a 1/2 mile away from the Pearl River which I think branches off the Mississippi a little north of me. The Pearl is already at flood stage I believe. 

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