U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is pushing this week for federal assistance tied to the recent flooding in Missouri -- which generally wouldn't be all that newsworthy, if it weren't for the fact that he was one of the Republicans who voted against federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy on the east co ... More >>
There are reports of more record-breaking floods today in Missouri, one day after flooding in Pulaski county left a four-year-old boy dead and prompted Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency. Today, the U.S. National Weather Service is reporting record floods on the Gasconade River ne ... More >>
Hurricane Isaac, the storm no Republican could stop, blew across the Gulf and hit southeast Louisiana on Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon, the winds had slowed to a mere 70 miles per hour, which prompted the National Weather Service to downgrade it to tropical storm status. Nonetheless, storm water h ... More >>
The Missouri River ranks number four on American Rivers Most Endangered Rivers list, and it's not because of pollution (that would be the Mississippi's issue): The Missouri is threatened by outdated flood management.
courtesy of House Rabbit Society of MissouriPringle, Pretzel and Poptart: They survived the great flood of May 2011. Now they need a new home.Animal welfare workers frequently deal with dogs, and cats, and (yes) rabbits. The long-eared furballs are actually the third most commonly abandoned p ... More >>
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via PlacesThe Mississippi River model during its last days of use in the early 1970s.This spring, computer models helped the Army Corps of Engineers determine the exact outcome of flooding when the agency made the controversial decision to blast the Birds Point Levee ... More >>
The Union Pacific line west of Jefferson City as viewed this morning.Flood waters along the Missouri River have forced the Union Pacific railroad to divert its freight trains to a line of track the carrier shares with Amtrak. The resulting congestion has forced the passenger train to temporarily ... More >>
This past weekend's torrential rain flooded more than a few basements and roads. As far as I'm aware, the only restaurant forced to close because of flooding was Taste (4585 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200).I just spoke with Gerard Craft, who said that Taste will reopen this evening with its regular ... More >>
Area rain gauges runneth over in June.Surprise! It's raining -- again. The National Weather Service warns that St. Louis is likely to see strong thunderstorms mixed with heavy rains throughout the day and into the evening. Today's precipitation could help triple the region's normal rainfall for J ... More >>
This year's dead zone from Mississippi River flooding could exceed the 2002 record shown here.We know it's just a coincidence that the motto for New Hampshire is "Live Free or Die." Still, we couldn't help but see some gallows humor in that slogan when the U.S. Geological Survey announced today t ... More >>
Greetings! If you're reading this, then you, too, have been Left Behind after the Rapture. We hope that your house, condo or apartment has withstood the earthquakes, the floods, and the swarms of flesh-eating Angry Birds -- God has a sense of humor! who knew? -- and that you were able to get out the ... More >>
Sarah FenskeFlooded farmland near New Madrid, Missouri, taken last weekend after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated the Birds Point Levee. We've got more astonishing photos of Mississippi River flooding to share this morning, thanks to the nice people over at Google. This latest set s ... More >>
Meet your new neighbor!Are you one of the unlucky souls who lost their home in the recent flooding? The State of Missouri is really sorry about that. In fact, they'd like to do something for you. They'd like to give you a temporary new home! A place that real-estate agents might generously descri ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, January 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Don't worry, St. Louis. The shit flows downstream.They're baaack! Thousands of gallons of raw sewage flowing into the Mississippi River near Jefferson Barracks. The first overflow occurred back in June when flood waters from the Mississippi caused a lift station to fail releasing 4.6 milllion gal ... More >>
Due to the Mississippi River's high levels, the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concert series, which starts on July 9 with a show by Common, will be moving locations. This weekend's Fair St. Louis shows with John Legend and the B-52s are not affected. The press release we just received: Following exten ... More >>
Ready for some crappy news? The Missouri Department of Natural Resources just sent out a news release informing the public that raw sewage has been flowing into the Mississippi River at a rate of up to 4.6 million gallons per day since June 24. The spill is reportedly the result of a mechanical fail ... More >>
My! What a big river you have, Missouri.If you've been checking local news sites (here, here, here) you'd think that the a virtual tsunami is headed down river. The Associated Press reports today that "the Missouri River is bulging in the middle of the state, and some tributaries of the bigger ri ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsApparently people do very stupid things in March, which is why the month is home to about a dozen different prevention weeks. My favorite thus far is the following pearl I received yesterday from the State Emergency Management Agency. The department has dubbed March 16-20 as "Turn A ... More >>
George R. "Buzz" Westfall (1944-2003)
Is the Wright stuff
Week of December 11, 2002
Since the Flood of 93, Chesterfield boosters have used millions in public money to raise a levee and turn the bottomlands into a boomtown. But betting against the river is risky business.
Gateway International Raceway is speeding to expand parking. But environmentalists are waving a red flag.
New plans for a levee in St. Charles County raise concerns about flooding in Illinois and the completion of Missouri's popular Katy Trail
One development at a time, Missouri has lost 87 percent of its wetlands. And that means more floods, more damage, more levees, more bucks. The story of one Supercenter and how progress comes at a price.