Hydrology chief explains recent severe flooding - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Hydrology chief explains recent severe flooding

(Source: Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office)
(KFVS) -

If you were wondering why there's been severe flooding this time of year instead of the summer, now you have your answer.

According to the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway Joint Information Center, the most recent flood event was caused by a series of storms that occurred from December 14 through December 28.

During this period, rainfall in excess of 10 inches fell over portions of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Similar amounts fell in the southern portion of the Tennessee Valley.

Rainfall averaged about 5 inches across the entire Ohio River Basin, culminating with the crest at Cairo, Illinois reaching 56.14 feet on January 4.

This was the 6th highest crest on record for Cairo.

The Memphis gage should crest at about 39.8 feet on January 8.

For more information, visit the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway Joint Information Center on Facebook.

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