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Old man River, rompin' & stompin' this week...
« on: February 28, 2011, 02:24:15 PM »
Old timers 'saying' about the Mississippi river floods.."the river always comes back to get its drift." Three week ago a friend and I were discussing the low water on the river as he was worried that the river was almost too low to tow grain barges down to the gulf. 
 
That day the river was at 10' on the guage, tomorrow it will be 32' and 36' friday with possibly higher stages later on; a combination of snow melt and heavy rainfall. But the river is really snorting and foaming today, the drift is holding tight in the middle of the channel which means she's rising fast! There's a wealth of timbers, logs, and trees that drift up from these types of floods, you will find them where the channel crosses from one bank to the other usually  before a bend...if you just had a way of floating them out... :)

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Re: Old man River, rompin' & stompin' this week...
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 07:23:21 PM »
One thing I learned a long time ago, stay out of the big muddy when shes bank full.  And respect for the missouri is also something some folks take lightly.  I love those big rivers they hold a special place in my heart
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Re: Old man River, rompin' & stompin' this week...
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 08:16:53 PM »
Yes, the river is dangerous even at any stage. I lost a highschool buddy several years ago.
He fell out of his boat just off the point of a dike, the undertow pulled him down... no life vest.

But the big rivers are worlds of their own, always to be respected.

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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011, 09:51:36 PM »
Chain, I used to never wear a life jacket until once we were setting lines on the MO.  I was checking my line and the staging was all tangled and matted from being in the current all night.  Well it got all wrapped around my finger real bad and had me like a noose.  Wouldnt you know it at that exact moment the boat motor died and the boat started going down river.  Well that line got so tight it nearly cut my finger off.  I immediately jumped in the floor of the boat so it wouldnt pull me out, I was prepared to lose my hand, not my life.  My good friend thought quickly and cut the staging line, thank God!  Ever since then I don not get on those big rivers at all without a life jacket and for sure always wear one while checking lines, as well as a good knife on my belt.  That is one of the best things a guy can have on the river, a hand made antler handled knife just waiting to be used to save a life.  I am sorry to hear about your friend, those rivers have claimed many good men
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Re: Old man River, rompin' & stompin' this week...
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011, 07:36:30 AM »
We've had a lot of snowmelt and rain this past month along the Illinois and I suppose that has hit you recently and will continue for a while. Here it is probably crested for now shy of flood stage.
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2011, 10:57:57 PM »
The river continues to rise. Since Feb. 15th the river has risen roughly one foot per day up to about 40' tomorrow, that's a 30' rise and now 8' above flood stage. We have a really big levee here as we are below the confluence of the Mississppi and Ohio rivers, lots of water; the width of the river is several miles wide[in some areas] from the Missouri levee  over to the Tennessee levee. Because of the great tragedy in Japan and other countries that have suffered recent quakes, there is a growing concern of the New Madrid fault acting up.

One of the worst calamities to befall this region would be a series of quakes which could slide out a good section of the river levee somewhere from New Madrid, Mo. to West Memphis, Ar.  Alarming to think of the river getting loose on the west, and unprotected side, of the Missouri-Arkansas-Louisana delta.

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Re: Old man River, rompin' & stompin' this week...
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 09:42:56 PM »
Ohio is up....when they close the casinos, you know the water is rolling

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2011, 10:00:08 AM »
Never understood why anyone could approve of a casino in a river! ???

The Ohio is the great provider of flood waters in this section of the Mississippi river. The Missouri and upper Ms. rivers rarely put us over flood stage; for instance, the great Missouri river flood of '93, the flood that washed out cemeterys and floated 100 yr.old homes and farmsteads down the river did not reach flood stage in this area!

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2011, 11:44:44 AM »
River casino's happened I believe because the law of the state wouldn't allow it on state land.
Could skirt around the law by floating it on the water.
Some of those laws have changed, maybe so the state can cash in on the take.

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