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.
It was a very foggy Sunday morning and my friend Ann asked if I wanted to go shoot along the waterfront in St. Louis. Of course I did so we met up at the flood wall. As we walked along the river in front of the Arch we looked up the steps to see what the scene looked like. The fog was so thick we couldn’t see the top of the Arch but there were people running along the top of the stairs. The fog blanked out the background and I was able to get this shot of the lone runner. Since it was so foggy it made the shot practically black and white anyway so the conversion was easy.
The Mississippi River at St. Louis.
The Mississippi River was near its crest at St. Louis and it’s that time of year when the sun sets through the Arch. With the water as high as it is I was able to get this shot of the Arch just after the sun went down. What is unusual is that I was able to get a full reflection because the water is so high. Normally you can only get a little bit of it.