Jan 5, 2016

Mississippi River Floods Could Cost $1 Billion and They’re Not Over Yet

St. Louis, MO
USA
by
Brian Kahn
,
WxShift
Satellite images showing Mississippi River flooding in early 2016 vs. normal river levels for early January. Image: NASA Earth Observatory
Satellite images showing Mississippi River flooding in early 2016 vs. normal river levels for early January. Image: NASA Earth Observatory

Rivers are cresting at or near record height across the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys. Nearly a dozen locations have already set all-time record high water marks. In St. Louis, the river set a winter high water mark on Friday with cresting at 42.58 feet on Friday. That’s also the third-highest flood level on record...

“While major flood events in the Midwest and the Mississippi Valley are not unusual, the fact that we had such extraordinary flooding in late December is certainly one for the record books,” Steve Bowen, a meteorologist at re-insurer Aon Benfield, said