In the lower Midwest, December weather is unpredictable. We can have anything from balmy weather to ice and snow storms. I can recall many New Year’s Eves where our plans were shot down due to icy conditions. A couple of years ago, it was so warm that we had tornadoes. And this year, as we count down the last hours of 2015…
A warmer-than-average month with record rainfall has resulted in unprecedented flooding of major rivers (Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec) and smaller bodies of water. Interstates have been closed, making travel in the area difficult.
These are areas in south St. Louis. It is a good thing that I am not working until Monday because I couldn’t get into the city even if I wanted to.
This is the interstate that I take into the city: I-55. It was the last major artery to close. This was taken Wednesday morning. The waters rose through the day and overtook the highway by evening.
It is not just travel that has been affected. In many areas, homes and businesses are submerged. The damages are staggering. Close to twenty people have died due to the flooding.
In my area, the farmers are greatly affected. They have been evacuating the flood plain all week, moving grain and equipment to higher ground as the Mississippi inches higher and higher.
My town is on a bluff, tucked away from the threat of the river. However, creeks and streams are flooding as well. These are taken about one mile from my subdivision, blocking one of our routes to the interstate.
We are all anxiously watching the weather reports and crest predictions, waiting for the waters to abate.
To all of my friends affected by this flood (here and in other areas of the country), stay warm and dry. Be safe and DO NOT try to drive through water-covered roads.
Happy New Year to everyone. Here’s hoping that the start of 2016 brings us drier conditions.