Monday, May 2, 2011

Evacuation order lifted in Poplar Bluff

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KRCU) - Based on the current river stage and the forecasted precipitation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the Black River in Poplar Bluff will crest at 19.5 feet — half a foot lower than on Thursday, April 28 when evacuation orders were lifted and residents of south Poplar Bluff were allowed to go home.

When the Black River peaked on April 26 at 8 AM, it about three-quarters of a foot lower than the flood of 2008. Authorities lifted all evacuation orders in Poplar Bluff on the morning of April 28, and the evacuation center at the Black River Coliseum was vacated the next day.

Flood relief efforts continue as residents return home and discover the damage to their homes.

Lake Wappapello poses the worst threat for future flooding. Army Corps of Engineers leadership have expressed concern that Wappapello and the St. Francis River pose one of the greatest flood challenges moving forward.

Matthew Clanahan, KRCU


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