Despite Rain, Major River Flooding Not Expected
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO –
The weather in the past 10 days has dropped a lot of rain on the area... but the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers are not flooding any rivers towns at this time.
And Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Alan Dooley says he's seen no evidence that the region will have any major flooding this spring...
"It's, of course, dependent on the rain upstream," Dooley says. "Up in Wisconsin and Iowa and Minnesota for the Mississippi, and then up the Missouri River.
"Barring any further extensive rain to the north of us and the west of us, things should stay in a manable situation."
Dooley adds flooding on major rivers - like the Mississippi and Missouri - are sometimes overshadow the damage that quick, flash floods can cause in a specific area.
He says the ground right now is so wet it can't absorb any more water, which makes flash flooding more possible.
"The big rivers are the one we watch on TV and are the one that make the national news," Dooley added. "But local flash flooding can be damaging, where you get a small storm or a medium-sized storm that's very intense, for instance along one of the smaller rivers around here like the Meremac.