April 16, 1994 |
Flood-weary residents watched Friday as the Meramec River dropped more than two feet from its crest, pushing a layer of muck into many homes and businesses. Thunderstorms that moved across much of Missouri on Friday--producing damaging wind, tornadoes and hail--failed to reverse the downward trend of the Meramec and other swollen streams in eastern Missouri.
April 15, 1994 |
The Meramec River surged higher Thursday, threatening an interstate highway, and some residents driven from their homes for the third time in a year waited out the high water at a church shelter. "You wrap your lifetime around a house," said Jim Thayer, who has lived here since 1953. "But it's getting so expensive to rebuild that a lot of people are going to have to give up."
April 11, 1994 |
Heavy rain in Missouri and Ohio caused flash flooding that killed three people, including a boy and his mother who tried to rescue him, police said. Snow and thunderstorms hit parts of Kansas, and heavy rain and hail fell in central Oklahoma. At least one tornado touched down near Tulsa, Okla. Downpours in southeast Ohio flooded roads and sent creeks and rivers over their banks.
April 2, 1994 |
Last summer's epic floods may have seemed like a Midwestern replay of the tale of Noah's Ark. But this spring, farmers along the Missouri River's banks feel as though they're wandering the desert. In what was once a cornfield, then a lake, Maurice Glosemeyer now trudges, sinking with each step, across dunes piled as high as eight feet tall. His tracks fade quickly as a cold west wind scatters the sand. Grit crunches between his teeth and stings his eyes.
February 17, 1994 |
Ste. Genevieve, the historic Missouri town that gained national attention when volunteers fought to save its French Colonial homes from last summer's flooding, received a $5.5-million federal grant Wednesday to build a new river levee. The grant covers half of the state and local matching funds required to build the flood-control levee. The federal government is paying 75% of the tab, estimated to be about $44 million. The town of 4,600 people is about 60 miles south of St. Louis.
November 15, 1993 |
Thunderstorms and high winds buffeted middle America on Sunday and brought deadly flooding to eastern and southern Missouri, where four people were killed and hundreds were evacuated after rivers spilled over their banks. A tornado touched down in southeast Missouri near West Plains. Up to nine inches of rain fell in eastern and southern Missouri, causing flooding and mudslides that closed many roads.