- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)15
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Watching the water
Watching river crests along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers usually gets our attention during the spring, when heavy rains are expected and, sometimes, produce more runoff than the rivers can hold.
But area residents have begun to wonder about seeing the sun again. Except for brief periods of sunlight, clouds have been hanging over Southeast Missouri for days and days.
And those clouds have produced rains that are heavy in some areas on top of ground already saturated by the melting snow that fell in December. Flooding has been widespread throughout the Midwest, and eventually all of that moisture winds up in the two great river systems that merge at Cairo, Ill.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is paying particularly close attention to the situation. It's obvious how quickly rivers can rise. In Cape Girardeau, the river recently rose several feet in a matter of hours.
The crests of both the Mississippi and Ohio rivers where they come together at Cairo are of particular concern. When one river rises higher than the other, it forms a water dam that holds back water in the other river. And when both rivers rise to flood stages at the same time, there's even more water to contend with -- and worry about.
Sunshine is forecast to return to the area today, along with seasonally cold temperatures.
In many ways, a wintery blast without precipitation is likely to be a welcome change for those who would be most affected by river flooding.