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Kevin Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer,
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Many Midwest farmers will be feeling the effect of this summer’s abnormally wet weather for the rest of this year and into 2016. A new agricultural survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis suggests farmer income will continue to take a hit into next year in part because of the delayed planting of soybeans and the inability to bale hay.

City of Quincy begins efforts to replace fallen trees

Aug 13, 2015
Jason Parrott

After losing at least 1,000 trees in a windstorm last month, the city of Quincy is starting efforts to replace them.

The city is working with the Quincy Park District and the organization ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ on the project.

‘Trees for Tomorrow’ is a non-profit organization funded by private donations that has planted over 700 trees over the past seven years.

All of the replacement trees are donated, with each tree costing $275.

Pat Guinan, University of Missouri Extension Climatologist
University of Missouri, Missouri Climate Center

This could be a record-breaking year for Missouri’s farmers. Unfortunately, that’s due to all the rain.

The final numbers won't be known for a few weeks, but University of Missouri Extension says the May-to-July crop-planting period is already the second-wettest since the state started keeping track in 1895.

Quincy set to lift state of emergency

Jul 17, 2015
Jamie Bockenfeld-Parrott

(Updated at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, July 17)

Quincy city officials say that the state of emergency will be lifted at noon on Saturday. All streets are now passable and Ameren Illinois reports that nearly everyone's power has been restored.

(Updated at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 15)

Ameren Illinois reports nearly 10,000 customers remain without power in and around Quincy following Monday night’s powerful thunderstorm that choked the city’s roadways with toppled trees and downed power lines.

Quincy’s mayor Kyle Moore says 70 percent of the city’s streets are now passable and he expects power for most residents to be restored by  Wednesday night.

Garbage and recycling services are suspended for the rest of the week to allow crews to focus on clean up. The mayor says the city’s parks were hardest hit and some may take years to restore their tree canopies.  

(Our original story)

The city of Quincy is recovering after a powerful thunderstorm toppled trees and knocked out power for tens of thousands of area residents Monday night.

Many streets remained blocked by fallen branches and utility poles as of Tuesday afternoon and power is expected to remain off for thousands of homes until at least Wednesday, said Mayor Kyle Moore.


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Get the most recent watches and warnings for Illinois here, and for Missouri here.

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Update: 7:10: A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 11 a.m for the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Update 6:36: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Bond, Western Fayette, Southern Macoupin, Eastern Madison and Montgomery counties in Illinois’ and northwestern Lincoln, Montgomery and southwestern Pike County in Missouri until 7:15.

The severe thunderstorm warning for St. Louis City, northeastern St. Louis and northeastern St. Charles counties is cancelled.

Morning headlines: Monday, June 27, 2011

Jun 27, 2011
Missouri Dept. of Transportation

Sewer line rupture forces lane closures on EB I-70

The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to avoid eastbound Interstate 70 between Shreve and west Florissant Monday as repairs continue on a ruptured sewer line.

Deanna Venker, MoDOT area engineer for St. Louis City, says crews worked overnight to fix the sewer line. Concrete is curing and crews are working on road repairs.

More severe weather expected in St. Louis area today

May 25, 2011
flickr/Marcin Wichary

More violent weather could be headed to the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Although as of 7 a.m. this morning, no severe weather warnings have been issued, the National Weather Service is expecting a significant severe weather outbreak today.

Meteorologist Melissa Byrd with the National Weather Service, says the weather will effect most of Mo. and Ill., especially over the eastern half of Mo. and the southern half of Ill.