Weekend Thunderstorms Bring Some Flooding

Water, Water Everywhere

During a heavy downpour, rainwater swiftly rushes down a normally dry or trickling drainage creek bed northeast of St. Clair Sunday afternoon. Several inches of rain over the weekend raised water levels on rivers, ponds and lakes and helped alleviate drought conditions in the area. Missourian Photo/Keith E. Domke.

Heavy rain over the weekend along with snow melt has brought flooding along some streams and rivers in the area.

The National Weather Service reports Franklin County received at least 1 inch of precipitation from 6 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The highest readings were around Pacific, which received from 2.0 to 2.5 inches.

At The Missourian office in Downtown Washington, a total of 1.88 inches of precipitation was measured from 8 a.m. Friday (March 8) through 8 a.m. Monday (March 11).

That has brought the March total up to 2.17 inches and the yearly total up to 9.09 inches. The monthly average for March is 3.5 inches. In 2012, a total of 4.01 inches of precipitation was measured in March.

Precipitation is ahead of 2012. At this time last year, a total of 7.92 inches of precipitation had been measured.

For 2013, monthly totals have been:

• January — 4.09 inches (average is 2.43 inches, 2012 measurement was 3.88 inches); and

• February — 2.93 inches (average is 2.46 inches, 2012 measurement was 2.81 inches).

All-time records (going back to 1951) for January are 10.21 inches in 2005 and a low of 0.13 of an inch in 1970.

In February, the record high precipitation figure was measured in 2008 at 6.98 inches. The low is 0.23 of an inch, measured both in 1963 and 2006.

The March records are 10.12 inches of precipitation in 2008 as a high and 1.37 inches in 2006.

The all-time wettest year was 2008 with 76.81 inches. The driest year on record is 1976 with 20.22 inches.

The average for Downtown Washington is 42.34 inches of precipitation.

Missouri River

Washington is not expected to see flooding from the rise on the river.

The river had reached 18.03 feet at 10 a.m. Tuesday and will crest near 18.3 feet Tuesday evening before dropping back down.

Flood stage in Washington is 20 feet, but action stage is 18 feet.

The only impact expected in Washington is that the Rennick Riverfront Park lower parking lot is closed.

At Hermann, the river is expected to crest near flood stage.

The river is expected to crest just over 20.4 feet Tuesday. Flood stage in Hermann is 21 feet and action stage is 19 feet.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the river was measured at 20.41 feet.

At 21 feet, minor flooding of farmland north of the river, near the Loutre River, happens.

Minor flooding is expected at Gasconade, where the river crested Tuesday at 23.3 feet. Flood stage there is 22 feet. No gauge data was available Tuesday.

At the projected level, minor flooding in the Rhineland area, Gasconade Park and farmland along the river happens.

At Chamois, the river peaked Tuesday morning (7 a.m.) at 16.7 feet.

Flood stage in Chamois is 17 feet.

The river had started to drop in Jefferson City after a crest of 19.35 feet at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. It was down to 18.6 feet at 10a.m. Tuesday.

Flood stage in Jefferson City is 23 feet and action stage is 21 feet.

Further down the river, the crest in St. Charles is expected at 23.8 feet Wednesday afternoon. Action stage there is 23 feet and flood stage is 25 feet.

The river stood at 22.51 feet at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Meramec River

Heavy local rain normally affects smaller streams with both the Meramec River and Bourbeuse River seeing quick spikes.

In Sullivan, the Meramec River crested Monday at 5:15 p.m. at 11.62 feet, considered minor flooding.

It had dropped to 8 feet Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Flood stage in Sullivan is 11 feet, a depth which recently has been changed.

At 11.5 feet, a bridge in Meramec State Park was flooded, but is expected to be open with the river falling. The river also got into some woodland.

In Pacific, the river continues to rise with a measurement of 10.09 feet there at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Action stage in Pacific is 13 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. No crest prediction has been made for Pacific.

At Eureka, the river was measured at 12.37 feet Tuesday at 10 a.m. Action stage is 16 feet and flood stage is 18 feet.

No projection has been issued for Eureka.

Bourbeuse River

The National Weather Service has projected a Tuesday night crest of 12.9 feet for the Bourbeuse River at Union.

The river was measured at 12.46 feet Tuesday at 10 a.m. and was rising.

Action stage in Union is 13 feet with flood stage set at 15 feet.

Union has the only National Weather Service gauge on the Bourbeuse River.