Flood concerns grow as more rain predicted
Thursday, April 21, 2011
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Every Missouri town along the Mississippi River is now under a flood warning as the Mighty Mississippi spills out over its banks.
Meanwhile, with significant rain expected over the next several days, people in flood-prone communities are bracing for significant flooding.
The National Weather Service is predicting what it describes as moderate flooding in several towns — Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville, Winfield, even as far south as Cape Girardeau. But that doesn’t account for rain beyond 24 hours away, and the Weather Service expects rain every day into early next week.
Flood buyouts have removed most residents from the flood plain in Missouri, but moderate flooding would close several roads, drench tens of thousands of acres of farmland, and threaten some homes and businesses.