May 08, 2007
RECORD-LEVEL FLOODING predicted - Five burst levees along the Missouri River sent a deluge of water that submerged the tiny town of Big Lake on Tuesday, as thousands in the region fled their homes amid warnings that the flooding could approach the devastation of 1993. Big Lake is about 95 miles (153 kilometers) northwest of Kansas City. Missouri declared a state of emergency and mobilized National Guard troops to help. At least 19 Kansas counties declared local disaster emergencies. A Kansas man died when his vehicle overturned in a water-filled ditch near Wichita. Since the 1993 floods in the Mississippi and Missouri river basins, only two or three other flooding episodes have been comparable to what forecasters are predicting for the next several days.
Flooding brought on by heavy rains has forced thousands of people in the Midwest from their homes as rivers and streams approached levels that some meteorologists said have not been seen since the major Midwestern floods of 1993.
Photo: Heavy rains have forced the Kansas River near Topeka out of its banks and into communities.Credit: National Weather Service
FYIThe Great U.S. Flood of 1993
The Great Flood of 1993 constituted the most costly and devastating flood to ravage the United States in modern history. Levees were broken, farmland, town, and transportation routes were destroyed, thousands of people were forced to abandon their homes, and 47 people died as a direct result of the flood.