- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Politics to profits: Brothers launch new investing concept on Wall Street (10/19/17)1
- Load shift kills Jackson trucker (10/17/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
- Cape Christian School burglarized (10/18/17)
- Food Giant in Chaffee is robbed (10/17/17)
- Owner of dinosaur relics demands new board of directors, business plan at Bollinger County Museum (10/17/17)
- Cape's casino flourishing as it celebrates fifth year (10/22/17)4
Many Southeast Missouri residents have memories of the flood of 1993. Their experiences include having their homes under water at the peak of the flood, helping family, friends and neighbors evacuate to higher ground and filling countless bags with sand to shore up levees and protect homes prone to flooding.
Since then, several towns in Southeast Missouri have had buyouts of property likely to flood. Some new levees have been built in the past 15 years. As a result, many residents of Ste. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau and Commerce are paying more attention to flooding north of St. Louis instead of worrying about their own potential danger.
Floods are terrible, but the aftermath of floods is horrendous. Fires and tornadoes destroy homes and businesses and wipe out personal treasures, most of which can be replaced. Floods leave much of what they touch intact -- and covered with muck and mold that make cleanup a nightmare.
The river was expected to crest Monday in Cape Girardeau more than eight feet below the 1993 level. That's good news. But the suffering to the north has grabbed our attention. Several area residents have responded to appeals for help as towns have fought to minimize flood damage.
Towns that have been inundated, many of them across Iowa, now face that nightmare of cleaning up. The effect of this year's flooding will be far-reaching. Crop losses alone are likely to be felt in the nation's food supply for months to come.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are enduring the effects of flooding this year, and to the hundreds of volunteers who have pitched in to help with the aftermath.