I had plenty of opportunity to experience southeast Missouri’s extreme weather on Tuesday and Wednesday on my monthly newsstand/ad sales route. Photos from Van Buren, Poplar Bluff, Lake Wappapello, Sam A. Baker State Park, Clearwater Lake, Black River, Bellview Valley and Valley Park are posted below. Pictures of the Big River and Jacks Fork were posted earlier.
The Current River was up to the eaves of picnic shelters in Van Buren's Riverfront Park on Wednesday. The U.S. 60 bridge is in the background.
Black River, along Business U.S. 60, east of Poplar Bluff. A lot of this area is cropland, but the flood forced evacuation of many homes in the south part of town.
St. Francis River, Lake Wappapello, just north of U.S. 67 bridge.
A severe thunderstorm roared through Sam A. Baker State Park in Wayne County about a half hour before I arrived. Park workers were clearing downed trees from Hwy. 143. Big Creek and the St. Francis had filled a lot of the campgrounds.
At Clearwater Store on Hwy. HH, Black River, just below Clearwater Dam, water was over the road, but it was still passable. I drove over the dam and to Ellington without a problem.
Darrah Creek was raging through downtown Ellington Wednesday afternoon and the sandbags were ready.
The East Fork of the Black River, though high and fast, looked relatively sedate Wednesday afternoon, compared to the rivers to the south. This photo is taken looking east at the Hwys. 49-21-72 bridge.
Plenty of moisture has made for lush pastures and green woodlands, highlighting the blooming dogwood throughout the Ozarks.
Back in Valley Park, the Meramec was full but not over the roads. Emery Styron photos.