The 1993 flood was both a disaster and a school lesson from which experts learned how to better manage floods.
Officials with the Corps of Engineers say they're better prepared, so the next flood will cause as little damage as possible. But not everyone is convinced that the experts really know what they're doing.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis has a new building code that Mayor Francis Slay says will encourage more renovation projects in the city. The Board of Aldermen gave unanimous approval to, and Mayor Slay has signed a bill that makes major changes to city building regulations.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says today's U.S. Supreme Court move to strike down Texas' anti-sodomy law raises questions about the legality of a similar Missouri law. Gay-rights activists contend the ruling invalidates laws in Missouri and three other states barring consensual homosexual sex -- even in private. The Missouri attorney general is not ready to go that far.
Homes and businesses along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers sustained unprecedented damage 10 years ago when floodwaters crept ever higher and pushed levees beyond their limits. Away from cities and towns though, fields of grain were the primary casualties.
1993 was one of the worst years in living memory for Midwestern farmers. But even though they experienced major headaches that year, most cleaned up and got back to work.