Photo Flood Saint Louis turns four this August. This post is a continuation of a countdown to commemorate this exciting milestone.
Since August 9, 2014, Ferguson has been at the center of national attention. “Ferguson” the idea/movement is undoubtedly the civil rights struggle of this generation, but for a mostly quaint community, that struggle has a long and complicated history – one that exemplifies what African-Americans have faced throughout the region from the start.
Yet, Ferguson is also a happy place. A town on the border of St. Louis, where generations of families have lived. A place which sees itself as worth saving; a place which sees this problem as worth solving.
This Interlude is a catch-up on some work that I did after the historic flood of last winter.
From The Weather Channel website:
“The Mississippi River at St. Louis crested New Year’s Day at its third highest level on record (42.58 feet), less than a foot shy of its April 28, 1973 flood crest (43.23 feet), but well short of the record 1993 crest (49.58 feet).
The St. Louis flood wall, as well as the Metro East St. Louis and Fish Lake levees protect the area to a river stage of 54 feet, which is 4.4 feet above the 1993 record crest. The river’s fast currents and high levels prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to shut down a five-mile section of the river to navigation near St. Louis.”