July 3, 1988
Rain fell over parts of the nation's Farm Belt but not enough to break the back of the dry spell, and Virginia farmers who were helped two years ago by donated hay returned the favor to a village in Ohio. The drought also created a controversy in Illinois, where Gov. James R. Thompson declared today "a day of prayer for rain." Thompson's action angered American Atheists, a group in Austin, Tex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1990 |
The full realization of Southern California's four-year drought came rushing up to me a few weeks ago as my plane descended into the lush green hills of western Missouri. A longtime resident of Southern California, I had paid scant notice to the parched brown landscape that unfolded beneath as I flew out of the Los Angeles Basin last month for a vacation with relatives in the Kansas City, Mo., area, where I grew up.
July 14, 1993 |
Torrential rains pounded this flood-stricken city on Tuesday, threatening a crucial water treatment plant and raising fears of an outbreak of water-borne diseases, while the Mississippi River continued roaring out of its banks, swallowing farmland from Minnesota through Missouri. Storms raked across Iowa, southern Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin Tuesday, pumping more energy into the cresting Mississippi River.
July 21, 1993 |
Meteorologists warned Tuesday that the Midwest is not out of trouble, despite hopes that a crest in record Mississippi River levels would spell an end to the devastating floods that have caused billions of dollars in structural damage and crop losses. Conditions that caused the flooding still stubbornly hover in the atmosphere, feeding extra moisture to routine summer thunderstorms that have been rolling into Missouri and Iowa.
July 31, 1993 |
At least 25 miles from the brown edge of the nearest floodwaters, Eldon Mattson squints into the brilliant sunlight of a Missouri afternoon and contemplates a field of withered, yellowing cornstalks. He is sizing up the good luck that has placed him far from the inundated river bottoms, and the bad luck that Mattson reckons will rob him of at least a quarter of his usual harvest anyway. "Oh, we're high and dry here as far as the flooding's concerned. The rain hasn't flooded us . . .
June 17, 1990 |
Severe thunderstorms raked parts of the Midwest on Saturday, causing widespread flooding and at least two deaths in Iowa and Illinois. Tornadoes destroyed five houses in South Dakota and ripped through a Nebraska town. Hundreds of Iowans were forced to evacuate their homes when up to 6 inches of rain fell over parts of the state, and roads and bridges were washed out.