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Fred Lynch

Mississippi River floods Main Street

Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 12:00 AM

Two women stand on a dry sidewalk outside Gately's store on Main Street in 1951. The view is to the south toward Independence Street. Other stores include Schiff's Big Shoe Store, J.J. Newberry Co., J.C. Penney Co. and F.W. Woolworth Co. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

The highest river crest in 1951 was 41.8 feet.

The record river crest in Cape Girardeau was 48.49 feet on Aug. 8, 1993. The second-highest historical crest was 47 feet on May 24, 1995. Flood stage is 32 feet.

Construction of the flood control system began in 1956 and ended in 1964 at a cost of more than $4 million.

More river flooding blogs:

Main Street Boaters

Spanish Street flooding 1951

More Spanish Street flooding

Mississippi River floods Water Street

River floods: Frony speaks

Batten-Weiss Furniture flooded

Search Floodway for Refugees 1937


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  • For some reason the flood photo "Cape, downtown 1943" hung in my grandfathers office forever. See


    I recall the 1951 flood, not because of the water, but because my dad and others used the sand in my sandbox to fill bags for the store.

    -- Posted by JTL on Wed, Mar 20, 2013, at 6:49 AM
  • I remember the 1951 flood waters. When the waters started to recede and we could get to main street there were boards used to be able to get over still standing water.

    -- Posted by GoneHunt'nAgain on Mon, Apr 15, 2013, at 12:52 PM