- Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16)7
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)30
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16)3
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)1
- Southeast president to get his U.S. citizenship July 4 (06/30/16)21
- Cape murderer still will serve 2 life sentences; appeals court forced reduced charge (06/30/16)
- Cape detective who helped solve Krajcir case is retiring (06/28/16)8
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Business notebook: Melting Co. adds to Cape's food-truck fleet (06/27/16)
Mississippi River expected to drop to 37 feet by Monday
Mississippi River levels continues their rapid decline across the Midwest, and at Cape Girardeau, the National Weather Service predicts the river will drop under 37 feet by Monday morning.
At 7 a.m. today, the river at Cape Girardeau stood at 39.7 feet, dropping one foot in 24 hours prior, according to National Weather Service forecast data. Flood stage is 32 feet at Cape Girardeau.
At 36 feet the Themis Street floodgate will open, and the Broadway gate will open at 38 feet, according to National Weather Service data.
The river crested a week ago, July 2, at just under 42.5 feet. During the 1993 flood, the river reached 48.49 feet at Cape Girardeau.
Few flooding problems were reported in Cape Girardeau during the crest, though a lightning strike did temporarily disable downtown pumps that kept river water out during a June 26 storm. Some streets were closed due to floodwaters, including a stretch of Highway 177 that is now open.
However thousands of farm acres in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois remain under water.