Wednesday, July 6, 2011
WE'RE HAVING A FLOOD!
Sometimes floods happen because there is a ton of rain, which is what happened in 1993. That was the last time the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers (and some other rivers, too) flooded a whole bunch. Mom remembers this flood really well, but I don't remember it because I wasn't even born yet.
Everybody who lives right by the river is worried about the "flood stage," which tells you whether the river is flooding or not. For example, the flood stage in St. Joseph, which is north of here, is 17 feet. But at 4:30 yesterday afternoon, the river was at 29.09 feet, so it was definitely flooding. On the news last night, we saw police and reporters cruising around a neighborhood in St. Joseph in a motorboat because there is like 3 or 4 feet of water in some of the streets.
Meanwhile, all the rivers and streams that flow into the Missouri River are getting fuller than usual because when they get to the Missouri, there is so much water in it already that there's no room for the water from these other streams. So that makes some of them start flooding, too.
Anyway, this whole situation is going to continue for a long time, like maybe all summer. It's very sad for the farmers who live by the river because they won't have any crops this year. Also maybe their houses and barns will be ruined by the water, if it gets high enough. I don't know what farmers do with their cattle when there is a flood coming, but I hope they have some pasture on higher ground where the cows can go and not have to tread water while they are grazing.