Since this will be my last post featuring pictures from the Facebook group “Missouri’s Historic Highways”, it just seems right to have something memorable for the finale. So what could be more memorable than a flood?
This location is at the junction of US 40 and Route 5 just north of the town of Boonville. Keep that in mind as we will be seeing this area again. This is water from the Missouri River and, as general misfortune would have it, this very location was flooded again last summer.
Highways being flooded is nothing new, as evidenced by this likely 1930s era picture taken on Route 94 in the St. Louis area. Some things never seem to change as there are still sections of I-44 in Missouri that will flood during extreme events. It’s undoubtedly got good company with locations in other states being similar; just watch The Weather Channel or Weather Nation if in doubt. The costs of mitigating this are crazy high.
Flooding is truly an inconvenience but a bigger inconvenience is being dead from driving through flood waters. One never knows what moving water will due to the surface underneath, such as leaving a nasty void. We won’t even discuss the general nastiness found in flood waters.
This was taken July 4, 1951, in Cedar City, just north of my current home of Jefferson City. The Flood of ’93 pretty much eliminated the rest of Cedar City; its best use now is for teaching kids how to drive, like I did with my daughter.
Yes, some of these pictures do make me cringe, primarily this one. This is near Festus and notice the black dots in front of the truck. Those are the heads of kids swimming. I’m not one to get concerned about some of the subjective safety issues periodically discussed in the comments but this is an entirely different ballgame.
So it’s always refreshing to simply see flood water with cars parked nearby.
A closer look reveals a sweet Packard. Both of these pictures are from West Alton.
Here’s our last picture from the eastern half of the state, near DeSoto. Note the highway patrol car beneath the marker for US 67.
Remember how we need to keep US 40 near Route 5 in mind? Here it is again in an earlier flood. It appears the car closest to the camera is a Nash.
This last picture is taken in the same vicinity and likely at the same time as the lead picture. There are already flood warnings out for this spring, but I shall remain optimistic things will remain dry and within the levee systems.