This summer marks twenty years since nine Midwestern states were inundated with water. The flooding lasted from May through September, and caused almost $15 billion in damage. It still ranks as one of the greatest natural disasters ever to hit the United States.
Bridges on the Missouri River went out from Kansas City to the St. Louis area. Flood stages records were broken across the area. In Napoleon, the flood stage rose to 27.8 feet, beating the 1951 record by a full foot. In Waverly, it was almost two feet higher than the previous record. Glasgow saw the flood waters top out at 39.6 feet, where their old record had been at 36.7. And Boonville’s flood stage record was upped more than three feet over the previous level, to 37.1 feet.
The Army Corps of Engineers reported all 810 non-federal levees in the area either failed or were overtopped.
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