Thursday, June 19, 2008

Take Me to the River

At lunchtime yesterday, I walked down to the Archgrounds to see how high the water is. To put it simply, it's pretty damned high and the Mississippi isn't supposed to crest until Sunday!

Had to take a few shots for the record. As you approach the Arch on this gorgeous day and the geyser is visible in the lower left of the Arch, it's hard to imagine that anything could be wrong. But when you get down to the Arch itself … get a boat!

The water has filled the parking lot adjacent to the river, spilled over Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. (I love the pedestrian crossing sign in the middle of it all), and is working its way up the Arch steps. That said, they've now announced that Fair St. Louis and the summer's Live on the Levee concert series will have to move. (Yeah, or just call it Live in the Levee.)


Anonymous said...

I didn't realize the flooding had reached Missouri. I guess I wasn't thinking about geography. Wow!

The lake where my dad lives (on the AR/MO border) is up 45 feet.

Fred said...

45 feet!! That's a huge increase! In any event, everyone in your area will be in our prayers. We're sitting safely in MD (where we've received record rainfalls this year, but nothing like what you all are experienced).

I was just talking to a friend about the arch - something I've never seen. In the picture here, it's hard to see the scale... How tall is this thing?

NV said...

Vicki -- Hope things will be OK for your dad! We crested downtown today, ahead of schedule and UNDER expectations. Whew!

Fred -- The Arch is HUGE. It's 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide from one foot to the other. (That's nearly 1/8 of a mile.) I guess I take it's massive presence for granted seeing it nearly every day.

Jennifer said...

That's a lot of water!

Kristin said...

I have only lived in this area for just over a 2 years so I was not here to see the 1993 flood. It sure makes me look at the riverfront in a different light now. - good post -

NV said...

Jennifer -- It sure is. But nothing compared to what's going on upstream. Those poor folks!

Kristin -- Welcome! It can be a little intimidating, even to those of us who've been there before.