Some friends and I went down to the Mississippi River in front of the Arch Saturday to get some photos of the river as it crested in the current flood. While not at the 1993 level it is the second highest level on record. This shot of the Lewis and Clark statue sums it up pretty well; the river is high!
The understatement of the year. This is from Alton Illinois, taken on the 1st of June. The red line is the height of the water in the record flooding of 1993. As of today the waters of the Mississippi have exceeded the 2nd highest level on record and are expected to peak at 39.2 feet, which will be short of the 1993 level of 42.7 feet but bad enough for everyone living and working along the river. It will take a long time for the waters to come down, and for the area to recover.
Here is a shot of the Grand Avenue and Bissell Water towers in north St. Louis. The Grand Avenue tower (closest in the photo) is the tallest free-standing Corinthian column in the world. It and the Bissell are standpipe water towers. Only seven of these water towers remain standing in the United States, three of which are in St. Louis. The third is the Compton Hill tower. They are beautiful structures and hopefully the city finds a way to preserve them.