By: Holly Brantley
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - For those who lived it, or even just heard of it, talk of another flood like that of 1993 to folks raises a lot of questions as well as fears. According to the experts, there's no cause for alarm in the Heartland yet.
Right now, waters surrounding the Heartland are slowly rising. But 14 years ago, those same waters swallowed homes and shattered levees. "It was kind of a nightmare," said Cheryl Reed. Reed lost her home in the flood of 93'. She lived on Main Street in Cape Girardeau.
So, could it happen again. Emergency Operations Coordinator, Mark Hasheider says Cape Girardeau has made every effort to lessen the effects of another flood. "In '93, less than one percent of our population was affected. That hurt the city. But, it could have had more of an impact. Since '93 we've raised the water treatment facility to protect the city's water supply as a whole," said Hasheider. "In our Red Star Baptist area, the city bought out over 100 homes prone to flooding."