Week by Week: Highlighting the Flood of '93

Sunday, August 4, 2013 | 7:16 a.m. CDT
During the week of Aug. 7, 1993, the Missouri River fell below flood stage in Kansas City, but rain fell in mid-Missouri slowing down clean-up efforts.

This summer, the Missourian has been publishing 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, which caused an estimated $4 billion in losses to property and crops across Missouri. By Aug. 22, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened the Missouri River to navigation. By Oct. 8, the Missouri River was below flood stage. Here is the final installment of weekly events:

Aug. 7

  • New Franklin residents await damage assessment teams from Federal Emergency Management Agency about whether their homes can be salvaged. 

Aug. 8

  • The Missouri River fell below the flood stage for the first time since July 26 in Kansas City.
  • About 30 homes in Hartsburg were submerged in flood waters; 13 homes were unaffected.
  • Four Square Church in New Franklin set up a soup kitchen in the public school. 

  • The American Red Cross awards its first family assistance grant.
  • Missouri Housing Development Commission sets aside $10 million to assist flood victims with rental assistance payments for low-income people, security deposits and home improvement loans. 

Aug. 9

  • Residents return to downtown Hannibal to begin cleaning.
  •  Mississippi River measured in St. Louis at 43.6 feet, down 1.3 feet since Aug. 8.

  • New Franklin organizes citywide cleanup efforts. 

Aug. 10

  • Boonville bridge was opened to pedestrians, but the road was reserved for vehicles carrying materials to repair U.S. 40.

Aug. 11

  • Contract to repave U.S. 54 to be released later in the day.

Aug. 12

  • Grounds of the water treatment plant in Columbia remained waterlogged, even though workers have returned to 40-hour weeks. 
  • President Bill Clinton signed a $5.7 billion flood-relief bill earmarking $2.3 billion for disaster payments to farmers and $2 billion to Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Aug. 13

  • Community cleanups scheduled in Rocheport and the Scott Boulevard area were postponed because of heavy rains causing the Missouri River to rise unexpectedly.

  •  MU decides to provide financial assistance to flood victims. Students whose parents or whose own lives have been affected by the flood were eligible. Students who did not apply for financial aid or were not eligible previously could now get federal assistance. 

Aug. 14

  • Two northbound lanes on U.S. 63 between Columbia and Jefferson City reopened at 12:30 p.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The cost of repairs was $1.5 million and increasing. The southbound lanes remained underwater.
  • People from Versailles and neighboring communities traveled about 60 miles to help residents of Hartsburg with the cleanup. 

Sources: The Columbia Missourian and the Columbia Daily Tribune.


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