Multiple areas in the state have seen historic flooding this year, displacing homes and causing cataclysmic damage to farms around the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
Two locations across Missouri reached historic crest levels in 2019, all along the Missouri River, according to data from the National Weather Service’s hydrologist. Those locations are St. Joseph (32.12) and Waverly (31.66).
Additionally, two locations in Nebraska along the Missouri River reached historic levels this year: Brownville (with the highest of 45.73) and Rulo (at 28.14).
The highest crest level recorded in Missouri was in August of 1993 in St. Louis along the Mississippi River at 49.53. During that time in Chester, Illinois, the Mississippi River crested at 49.74.
Below is a chart from the National Weather Service showing the historic crest levels across the state.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a reporter with The Missouri Times and The Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the newspaper in 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City. Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S. and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa. She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Contact Kaitlyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.