Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mississippi River Basin Flooding Resources and Latest News - Updated Continuously

Below is a listing of the latest news articles published on the flooding along the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers and other areas in the Upper Mississippi River Basin for the week beginning April 21.

For real-time river stage, and flood reporting and forecasting information from the National Weather Service, check out:
Articles are sorted by their publication date, below.  The list will be updated as new information is obtained. (Last updated April 26, 2013; 1:36 PM EDT)

  • Weekend Midwestern flood updates
  • Check out this Midwestern Regional Climate Center plot of rainfall the past 7 days 
  • Illinois Governor Quinn declares 44 counties disaster areas in response to torrential rain and widespread flooding
  • Heavy rains force diversion of sewage-laden Chicago runoff from usual Mississippi basin route into Lake Michigan
  • Heavy rains and melting snow threaten to keep rivers uncomfortably high this week in six Mississippi basin states
  • At least 100 barges broke loose from moorings in the Mississippi River Saturday night in St. Louis; four hit bridge
  • Heavy rains forecast for tonight and Tuesday throughout large areas of Midwest fuel Mississippi basin flood concern 
  • National Weather Service: Flooding will continue for several days in the Midwest 
  • Residents sandbag as Illinois River continues to rise
  • Mississippi River crests; begins to recede at some hard-hit Illinois, Iowa and Missouri towns
  • Some Mississippi River towns see crests, but worrisome rain and snow melt keep concerns high
  • Flooding increases trash making its way to the River in the Quad Cities region
  • In Granite Falls, the Minnesota River holding steady; little risk of flooding 
  • Mississippi River cresting, topping a few levees in Missouri, but with more rain forecast
  • Mississippi River at St. Louis expected to crest today (Tuesday) at 35 feet, well below record set in 1993
  • Rising Mississippi River not expected to severely impact Tennessee
  • Upper Illinois River Region dodged storm's worst; river flood warnings still in effect
  • Mississippi River towns weather annual rite of spring; chance of flood is receding
  • More rain looms for already swollen Midwest rivers as communities work to hold back flooding
  • Floods to sideline Mississippi River barges at least another week 
  • Des Plaines River communities on long road to flood recovery (Illinois River basin)
  • National Weather Service: many Midwestern waterways to remain high into May, straining levees during slow descent
  • Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division assesses Mississippi basin flood damage
  • Mississippi River expected to crest today in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Rivers across midwestern states cresting at record-high levels as firefighters fear fuel leaks; secondary disaster
  • Levee districts and Army Corps of Engineers "battle" the Illinois River
  • Midwest awaits retreat of floods, bloated rivers
  • Rivers Rise to Historic Levels along Illinois River (news video)
  • Missouri town-under siege by the flooding Mississippi River-seeks a government buyout
  • As rivers rise in the Midwest, Illinois neighbors battle about levee-diverted water
  • Wall Street Journal Video: Peoria Heights, IL resident describes struggles of keeping spring flood waters out of his home as rivers rise
  • Midwestern floodwaters show little sign of receding, as rainfall continues
  • US midsection severe flooding has forced evacuations, slowed Mississippi River barges and submerged farm fields

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