Saturday, April 23, 2011

Flooding Perspective 4/23

I mentioned yesterday that the hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky said that river levels along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers could exceed the 1995 flood (Cape Girardeau, Missouri) and the 1997 flood (Cairo, Illinois and Paducah, Kentucky).

To put this in perspective I went back and took a look at 1995. The 1995 flood ranks only second behind the historic 1993 flood in Cape Girardeau. In 1995, the water stage reached 47 feet. In 1993, the water stage reached 48.49 feet.

I am not saying that we are going to see flooding like 1993, but it should be watched closely. It is never good when you hear hydrologists using the term "historical" in their conversations.

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