Mississippi Runneth

The Missouri river flooding is enough to raise the Mississippi, though not to the same levels. The water along the St. Louis waterfront rose to the level of the road, but luckily no further. Enough, though, to drown the area where I normally park, as these two pre-flood and flood pictures demonstrate.

Flooded waterfront in St. Louis

Pre-Flood waterline

The water level was 29 feet above normal levels, which is one hell of a lot of water. However, unlike the Missouri, barge traffic was still moving on the Mississippi. I was lucky to be on the Eads Bridge just as one moved beneath, giving a nice birds eye view.

Barge on River


Another picture of flooded waterfront

In September, 2006, the city installed a new statue dedicated to the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. It stands 23 feet tall, and is installed just below the Eads Bridge, along the lower portion of the waterfront. All that showed above the water was Captain Lewis, waving his hat triumphantly.

The top view of the statue shows the swirls and eddies in the water. This is an incredibly dangerous river anyway, but with the flooding, if you fell in you wouldn’t be getting out.


Statue from above

Lewis and Clark statue almost underwater

No one was killed with this flood, though the damage was extensive in the north and west. It served as a reminder that Missouri is a state bound and threaded by rivers, and that we live here at the sufferance of nature.

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4 Responses to Mississippi Runneth

  1. elaine says:

    I feel kinda bad saying it, but that last photo of Lewis cracks me up. So very jaunty!

  2. Shelley says:

    Elaine, it is very jaunty. Another foot of water, and all that would show would be the arm. Odds were being wagered on that one.

  3. I still remember the 1993 floods. Lake Mendota spilled out and over the shore, nearly flooding my boss’ house, and I was living in a basement apartment.

  4. Scott says:

    I think that last picture of Lewis is pretty representative of the midwest, particularly Kansas and Missouri, in the spring time. Just trying to keep their heads above water. Sometimes figuratively, sometimes literally.