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Differences between New Year Flood and Great Flood of 1993

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Many officials are comparing the predicted Mississippi River levels for the New Year Flood to the Great Flood of 1993, but experts say there are differences.

Assistant Director of Cape Girardeau Public Works Stan Polivick said we're dealing with a different type of flooding this time around.

"This one is not going to be a long duration event like '93 was," Polivick said. "That went on for weeks and weeks."

He says though river waters will be at the same level, the water won't stick around as long as it did before.

"This event will go up and be back down at the regular flood stage at 32 feet in about 15 days," Polivick said.

In 1993, floodwaters reached levels of 48.49 and devastated many in the area. The Mississippi River is predicted to crest in Cape Girardeau on Saturday at 48.5 feet.

Many changes have been made since 1993, including improving the technology at the two pump station in downtown Cape Girardeau.

The 24-hour supervised stations house more than five, 200-horsepower water pumps that filters more than 3 million gallons of rain water in the river – keeping the water out of downtown Cape Girardeau.

"A lot of rehab work has been done on the flood wall," Polivick said. "We painted the gates, we've done repairs, just a ton of work. We've got all new controls in our pump station here, which is a tremendous benefit all of that is updated to the latest technology."

So, even though river levels are predicted to be the same, Polivick said officials are confident in the improvements made since the flood 1993.

"The flood walls is in really good shape and we don't expect any problems from this, but at this river at this river stage you just never know," Polivick said.

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