May 4, 2017

Record Flooding in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois Soon to Receive Drier Skies

Watts, OK
Jon Erdman
The Weather Channel

The extraordinarily wet period over parts of Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois is coming to an end, allowing overflowing rivers and downright soupy ground to dry out at last. Some rivers have shattered all-time flood crest records that had stood for over 100 years.

Through Thursday evening, from 2 to 5 inches of rain had fallen over southern Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois, with localized areas in Illinois seeing up to 6 inches.


Record flooding has been observed in 14 locations. Some locations in southern Missouri shattered record crests that had stood for over 100 years.

  • Illinois River near Watts, Oklahoma (previous record: Dec. 28, 2015)
  • Big Piney at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri (previous record: March 19, 2008)
  • Black River at Pocahontas, Arkansas (previous record: April 28, 2011)
  • Current River at Doniphan, Missouri (previous record: March 1, 1904)
  • Current River at Van Buren, Missouri (previous record: March 26, 1904)
  • Gasconade River near Hazelgreen, Missouri (previous record: March 19, 2008)
  • Gasconade River at Jerome, Missouri (previous record: Dec. 30, 2015)
  • Gasconade River near Rich Fountain, Missouri (previous record: Dec. 30, 2015)
  • Jacks Fork at Eminence, Missouri (previous record: Nov. 15, 1993)
  • Meramec River near Steelville, Missouri (previous record: July 27, 1998)
  • Meramec River near Sullivan, Missouri (previous record: Aug. 1, 1915)
  • Meramec River near Eureka, Missouri (previous record: Dec. 30, 2015)
  • North Fork White River near Tecumseh, Missouri (previous record: Aug. 1, 1915)
  • St. Francis River at Patterson, Missouri (previous record: Dec. 3, 1982)