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Levees protect people, towns, and agriculture from flooding. But two years ago, parts of the Missouri River and its tributaries reached record crests, and many levees failed. Now there’s a rare effort to build a levee higher to better defend one southwest Iowa town. 


State of Illinois

Flooding is beginning to feel like an annual event in some areas along the Illinois River.  The governor and head of the Illinois Emergency Management agency visited flood fighting efforts in west-central Illinois  Wednesday.

Brett Adams, who farms near the town of Peru in southeast Nebraska, takes the good news where he can get it these days. After nearly a year, the floodwater is mostly gone from his riverside farmland.

Adams is on the local levee board, which manages the town’s nearly 8 miles of Missouri riverbed. And the (unpaid) work keeps him very busy: he was on a call when I first climbed into his pickup, apologetically holding a finger up every so often.

After hanging up, he said he can’t afford to miss a call. Somebody might be on the other end bearing good news.

FEMA Assessing Flood Damage in Western Illinois

Aug 15, 2019
FEMA

Representatives of FEMA are touring western Illinois to determine if portions of the region qualify for a federal disaster declaration. They are finding homes and businesses with significant damage after months of severe weather and flooding.

Burlington Assessing Damage from Flooding

Jun 19, 2019
The Burlington Beacon

The Mississippi River at Burlington continues to recede, dipping below major flood stage over the weekend. As the floodwaters recede, the city is learning the scope of the damage caused by the failure of a temporary flood barrier several weeks ago.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has called up roughly 200 guard soldiers as near record crests are predicted along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.   The soldiers are being deployed to perform duties like sandbagging, levee reinforcement and potential rescue efforts.  

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Burlington Assistant City Manager Nick McGregor said Wednesday afternoon that the community's top priority is to install extensions to the top of its permanent flood wall. He said the extensions would increase the floodwater protection from nearly 23 feet to roughly 28 feet.

Flooding by the Mississippi River is providing some real world lessons for students at Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities. 

An international panel on climate change this week warned greenhouse gas emissions will keep increasing if left unchecked and called for urgent action. According to one Illinois scientist, that means frequent heavy rain events and flooding could become the norm.


Floodwaters Rise Along Mississippi River

Oct 10, 2018
Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Mississippi River continues to rise, affecting homes, businesses, and local governments in southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and western Illinois. And the latest projections show that it could be several weeks before the flood waters recede.

Twenty five years ago, one of the worst natural disasters in the country’s history took place. The Great Flood of 1993 resulted in major flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. 

But it also showed the best in people who came to the aid of those in need.  

Rich Egger

Dr. Timothy Sellnow, a Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Central Florida, researches topics such as pre-crisis planning.  He said he has spent a lot of time studying communities damaged by flooding and found two cities in North Dakota that offer some lessons.

Durbin Sees No Hope For Flood Aid

Apr 12, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he'll appeal an Obama administration decision last month denying the state millions in federal disaster assistance.  The governor's office says late December’s severe flooding in central and southern Illinois caused more than 16 million dollars in damage.

When Rivers Can't be Controlled, Farmers are Left in Limbo

Mar 23, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson for Harvest Public Media

Driving along rough and muddy gravel roads next to what was once a rich soybean field, farmer Adam Thomas gazes out on an upended mess of tubes, wheels, and hoses from a nearby farmer's irrigation system.

A total of 23 Illinois counties are under state disaster status due to flooding. Gov. Bruce Rauner added 11 to that list Tuesday.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

A report from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said damage from urban flooding (flooding on higher ground outside a flood plain) caused more than $2 billion worth of damage between 2007-2014 in Illinois.

Abby Wendle

Driving down a two-lane highway in rural Missouri, Matt Plenge squinted at a patch of gray clouds hanging low over his farm fields in the distance.  "Does it look hazy up there?" he asked. "We only had a 20% chance today. We shouldn't get any rain."

Flooding Could Close NE Missouri Roads for Weeks

Jun 25, 2015
Credit Jason Parrott

Heavy rain throughout Northeast Missouri this week has resulted in widespread road closures. As of 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, the subsequent flooding resulted in 135 roads being closed by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Burlington Finalizes Flood Protection Application

Dec 17, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Burlington's plan to hold back the mighty Mississippi River moves forward.

MODOT Could Elevate Flooded Highway in Clark County

Jul 10, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Improvements could be made to a highway in Clark County that is prone to flooding, as long as voters support a new sales tax next month.

The stretch of Highway 61 between Alexandria, Mo. and the Iowa state line runs near the intersection of the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers.

It is shut down at the moment because flood water has overtaken the road.  MoDOT must inspect the road once the water has receded before it can be re-opened.

Flood Protection in Southeast Iowa

Jul 2, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Cities and counties along the Mississippi River are preparing for a surge of high water.

The Red Cross Flood App

Mar 31, 2014
Rich Egger

Just in time for spring, the American Red Cross has created something new to help when disaster strikes.

Scott Stuntz

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for applying for recovery assistance from this spring’s flooding in Illinois.

Burlington Seeks FEMA Money

Jul 9, 2013

Burlington is seeking federal help in protecting several downtown properties from flooding.

Tri-States Farmers Face Choice

May 30, 2013
Scott Stuntz

Farmers who still have not been able to get into the fields will have a decision to make at the end of the month.

Jane Carlson

Security cameras at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg captured video of flood waters bursting through the front doors during Tuesday night’s heavy downpour.

Scott Stuntz

The Schuyler County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency reported it is beginning to receive calls from residents and businesses about water damage.

The week of the Boston Marathon bombing and the workplace explosion in West, Texas, it was impossible not to feel guilty about a nagging sense of loss from flooding. Even there, many people in west-central Illinois were hit far harder, losing everything short of their lives.

Scott Stuntz

The McDonough County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency will open flood damage assessment centers to help those whose property was damaged by April’s heavy rains and floods.

Details are included in this news release issued by ESDA:

Western IL Readies for Federal Disaster Declaration

Apr 26, 2013
Scott Stuntz

As a result of heavy rains and flooding, much of west-central Illinois has been declared a state disaster area and a federal disaster declaration could follow.

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