Week by Week: Highlighting the Flood of '93 — July 22-30

Sunday, July 21, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:01 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Missourian file photos show the impact of the Great Flood of 1993 during the week of Jul 22-30.

This summer, the Missourian plans to run a weekly timeline of events that were unfolding 20 years ago along with occasional stories about the people and places that weathered the Flood of 1993. Here is this week's timeline:

July 22


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  • The Missouri River began to rise again, and the National Weather Service predicted the river would be higher than ever at Boonville at 34.5 feet.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers advises river bottom residents not to return to their homes.
  • A total of 15 flood-related deaths had been recorded.

July 23

  • Heavy rains caused the National Weather Service to increase its prediction for an even higher river crest of 36 feet to 37 feet in Boonville.

July 24

  • A flash flood drowned four boys, one man and one woman exploring Cliff Cave, 20 miles south of St. Louis, according to The Associated Press. A 10-year-old boy was found alive hours later from 500 yards inside the cave. The children were from the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in St. Louis. The adults were their counselors.

July 26

  • The Columbia Water and Light Department asked Columbia residents to reduce unnecessary water use in precaution of potential flooding of the city’s water plant located in McBaine.
  • Workers at the Columbia Water Treatment Plant spent two days building a barricade around the water treatment basin in preparation of the rising river crest to come.
  • A team of volunteers assembles in Rocheport to sandbag around 10 homes and two sewer lift stations threatened by the Missouri River. 

July 27

  • Citizens of Hartsburg are aided in sandbagging efforts by 21 Missouri National Guard troops assigned to help the town before the river’s second crest.
  • Highway 63 is covered by water again, and the rising river threatens the stretch of Highway 240 at Rocheport.

July 28

  • Highway 54 is closed after a 20,000-gallon propane tank broke away from its anchors and ruptured.
  • Boone County firefighters are called to Wilton to help townspeople threatened by a broken sandbag levee.
  • Ross Perot came to Columbia to perform a series of media interviews throughout Boone County designed to raise money for flood relief.

July 29

  • Interstate 70 is able to remain open after highway crews built a barricade along the road to keep out rising floodwaters.
  • Four people from Boonville spent eight hours clinging to trees after their boat capsized on the Missouri River.

July 30

  • The Missouri River crests for the second time at an all-time high of 37.1 feet.

Supervising editor is John Schneller. 

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