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How 2019 flood levels compare to 1993

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.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill — meaning relief for the storm-ravaged Missouri is on the way.

Below is a chart from the National Weather Service showing the historic crest levels across the state.