Local flooding fears calmed even as the Missouri River floods

Local flooding fears calmed even as the Missouri River floods
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.

Mary Lamm of the National Weather Service in Paducah says many more elements would have to fall into place before we would see flooding comparable to that of 93' in our area. Basically we would have to get much more rain in the Kansas City area, as well as areas North of the Heartland. Lamm points out our predicted crest, currently at 37.5 feet, is well below that of 1993, 48.49 feet.

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 Cheryl understands how talk of major flooding can be alarming. "We lost a lot and we were one of the lucky ones." 

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."

Hasheider explains roads have been elevated, and extra generators installed to keep you safe should flood waters rise again. Proactive steps to stay one step ahead of mother nature, something that's never easy to predict.