Missouri River to drop below flood stage by week’s end
December 10, 2019 By Tom Steever Filed Under: Crops, Missouri, News
The Missouri River is expected to drop below flood stage by
the end of this week. If the forecast holds, the Missouri River will be at a level
not seen in 275 days, but springtime might bring more flooding.
“By the end of the week, all the gauges from Yankton, South Dakota to St. Louis
will be below flood stage,” said Tom Waters, chairman of the Missouri Levee and
Drainage District Association.
Saturated soils and levee damage from this year’s sustained flooding might make
celebration brief, said Waters.
“Snowmelt and the rain in the spring is mostly going to run off and fill the
system again,” Waters told Brownfield Ag News during the Missouri Farm Bureau
convention at the Lake of the Ozarks. “We could see a repeat of last spring
this coming spring.”
Levee repairs alone will cost more than $1 billion, according to Waters, but
costs don’t stop there.
“It’s almost immeasurable, the cost of lost production in agriculture, lost
crops, lost income to farmers,” said Waters. “That all trickles down through
the whole state’s economy.”
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