floods

In The Shoes Of Red Cross Volunteers

Jul 22, 2013
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We’ve all seen it on TV— a hurricane strikes, leaving thousands without power, food, or clean water for days or even weeks. When disasters happen, the Red Cross is the organization that always seems to be there.

Kenneth L. Kieser / Missouri's Great Flood of '93--Revisiting an Epic Natural Disaster

Twenty years ago this summer, monsoon-like rains, unseasonably heavy snowfall and unusual air pressure patterns combined to cause massive flooding across nine Midwestern states.

47 people died. Tens of thousands were forced from their homes, water inundated 75 towns and destroyed millions of acres of farmland. Damages were estimated at $20 billion dollars.

I covered the floods for NPR in 1993, and went back to revisit some of the people and places affected by what’s still called The Great Flood.

A powerful flood

The '93 Flood: Twenty Years Later

Jul 5, 2013
Kenneth L. Kieser / Missouri's Great Flood of '93-- Revisiting an Epic Natural Disaster

The Great Flood of 1993 absolutely battered the Midwest between April and October, with the peak occurring in July here in Kansas City.  Over 50 people lost their lives in incidence connected to the flooding over the summer of 1993.

Host Monrone Dodd talks with KCUR reporter Laura Ziegler, John Grothaus, Chief of Planning and Formulation for the Army Corps of Engineers; and Kenneth Kieser, author of Missouri's Great Flood of '93.

The motorized growl from an idling John Deere tractor drowned out the sounds of nature on a recent morning on Chris Webber’s central Missouri family farm.

As he checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant that day, Webber worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.

“The drought is over at the moment,” he said, “but in Missouri, we tend to say that in 10 days or two weeks, we can be in a drought again. That’s how fast it can get back to dry.”

Steve Bell / KCUR

UPDATE 11:51 a.m. Storm Water Withdrawing:

The heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Kansas City area Friday are receding.

According to Chris Bowman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, the main event appears to be over.

"It's just really kind of cleaning up from the morning's heavy rain," Bowman said.

Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

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