CHICAGO The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers daily river gauge report showed the
Mississippi River reaching 34.8 feet at St. Louis on April 23,
nearly 5 feet above flood stage, with forecasts calling for the
river to reach 35.5 feet April 24 before falling again.
At Thebes, Ill.where the
Army Corps of Engineers hired contractors to dynamite exposed
rock pinnacles this past winter due to record-low water levels
(amm.com, March 5)the river was 5.7 feet above
its 33-foot flood stage April 23, and is expected to crest at
40.5 feet April 25.
The Mississippi is expected to
crest at 48 feet April 26, 8 feet above flood stage, at Cairo,
Ill., where it meets the Ohio River.
"Were getting more rain.
We had expected most gauges would crest April 23 and 24, but
this rain is pushing that forward," said U.S. Coast Guard Lt.
Colin Fogarty. "A big snow melt will be kicking in this weekend
on the Missouri, which raises concerns for the Red River. We
have more than one river vying for our attention."
As a result, "some channels may not be properly marked due
to debris, and flooding took out aids to navigation. We are
waiting for an opportunity to correct those. We could put out
more aids now, but if we laid them, they would be gone in 48
hours," Fogarty said. "We are battling these rivers in more
ways than one."