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Major flooding possible in region over next few days

Apr 22, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Forecasters say major flooding is a possibility as the region braces for heavy rainfall over the next five days.

Mark Fuchs is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service.

He says melting rain and ice from northern states combined with localized rainfall is creating flood conditions from near the Iowa state line in Canton, Mo. all the way south of St. Louis.

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View University City Flood Damage in a larger map

A Missouri appeals court has ruled that  a class-action lawsuit stemming from 2008 flash floods that killed two people and severely damaged more than 100 houses in University City can go forward.

The lawsuit alleges that the Metropolitan Sewer District's failure to maintain the River Des Peres  made it impossible for the system to handle what amounted to predictable heavy rain. The floods were the result of the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

The St. Louis office of the National Weather Service has released its Spring Flood Outlook. Hydrologist Mark Fuchs says the potential for spring flooding is much higher than usual, especially along the Mississippi River, but Fuchs says the data doesn't predict significant flooding in the St. Louis area.

As the flood waters retreat

Jul 6, 2008
Diane Hays helps get the outside clean, as the inside of the house waits for FEMA. 300 pixels 2008
Kristen DiFate | Special to the St. Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 6, 2008 - WINFIELD— Diane Hays intently worked the power washer, blasting a filmy layer of grime from Mike Moran’s homemade slice of heaven.

Any other Independence Day, Moran's bachelor paradise of a patio would be buzzing: Friends crowding the handcrafted wooden bar. Baseball on the television. Hot dogs sizzling on the grill. But this year, the Winfield homeowner’s Shangri-La is a soggy, mud-stained mess. 

Health concerns in the wake of flood

Jul 4, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 4, 2008 - Our area has not seen any flood-related disease outbreaks to date, however, we need to remain on high alert and take steps to protect ourselves, according to Dr. Farrin Manian, chief of infectious disease at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. This includes exercising caution regarding mosquitoes.

This levee was overtopped in western St. Charles County on June 20, 2008. Many houses were built on berms after 1993. 300 pixels
Robert Criss | St. Louis Beacon archive

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 3, 2008 - As the turbid, polluted waters slowly recede, it is time to reflect on why 2008 was another disastrous flood year. Why, indeed, did record and near-record flooding strike the Midwest so soon after 1993?

The sad truth is that the flood of 2008 should be no surprise. Experts have long warned that floods are becoming more frequent and more severe, and that this succession of aggravated misfortune is caused by Man.

With the opening of the bike path on the McKinley Bridge, residents have another way to monitor water levels. So far, predictions indicate that the St. Louis area is not in danger. 2008 300 pals
Tom Nagel | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 12, 2008 - Mississippi River towns north of St. Louis are bracing for flood levels just short of record 1993 readings, but many community officials remained hopeful Thursday that damage to homes and businesses will be minimal.

Luckily for the immediate St. Louis region, this area likely will be spared the brunt of any significant flooding, said a Washington University geologist.