June 28, 1993 |
High, fast water that shut down commercial traffic on more than 500 miles of the Mississippi River idled weekend boaters and swimmers as well. "The potential for disaster is real high," said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jeff Van Reese in St. Paul, Minn. "If you've got a life jacket, it's not going to matter. This current's going to pull you under a barge or something."
June 14, 1987 |
Storms dumped up to five inches of rain Saturday on waterlogged Texas, prompting the evacuation of 15 families, while a downpour in Mississippi flooded 130 homes and forced up to 30 families to flee to higher ground, officials said. Showers and thunderstorms were scattered over the Southern Plains, the Mississippi and Ohio valleys and the Atlantic Coast, with watches for severe thunderstorms posted from Virginia to southern New England.
May 18, 1990 |
Floodwaters gushed from a rain-swollen lake into the Trinity River in Texas at a record rate Thursday, but despite warnings to evacuate many residents downstream stayed home to guard against looters, authorities said. Floodwaters from Lake Livingston, about 75 miles northeast of Houston, are expected to inundate more than 200 square miles along the Trinity. At the dam, operators increased the flow through a dozen floodgates to a record 100,800 cubic feet per second by midday Thursday.
June 1, 1990 |
Flash floods fed by up to seven inches of rain forced closure of low-lying roads and chased hundreds of people from their homes Thursday. Some residents fled in boats. Creeks that empty into the rain-swollen Mississippi River overflowed their banks in heavy thunderstorms. "We've had flash flooding all day. It hit pretty suddenly," said Warren County Sheriff Paul Barrett. Barrett said more than 130 houses in the city were flooded and between 30 and 40 homes in county territory have been flooded.
April 30, 1991 |
Flooding caused by up to 10 inches of rain forced evacuations Monday in parts of Mississippi and Louisiana, with so many roads closed that Monroe, La., officials ran out of barricades and Ouachita Parish ran out of sandbags. "In north Louisiana . . . you can't get there unless you have a boat," State Police Capt. Ronnie Jones said, adding that at least 65 roads were closed in the region.
May 10, 2011 |
The Mississippi River began cresting and hit nearly 48 feet early Tuesday, falling short of a record but wreaking havoc across Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi as tributaries and creeks swollen from the flooded waterway spilled over their banks into residential, business and farming areas. At 7 a.m. Central time Tuesday the water level reached 47.87 feet as the coffee-colored river cut through Memphis, swallowing much of the riverfront recreation area. The tourist riverboat Capt.