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A strong storm system impacted the region over the last few days of April. Two rounds of significant rainfall affected our area. The 1st was from the evening hours of April 28th through the mid morning hours on April 29th. A lull in precipitation occurred during much of the daytime hours on the 29th, before the 2nd round of heavy rain moved in from the west during the evening hours, lasting through the morning hours on the 30th. The heaviest rainfall amounts were confined to portions of southeast Missouri into southern Illinois and southwest Indiana. A swath of 6 to 10 inches, with a few isolated higher amounts, was observed from Van Buren, MO to Carbondale and Carmi, IL and to Stendal, IN.

Moderate to record river flooding occurred on over a dozen river locations due to the excessive rainfall in our area and points upstream in Missouri. The hardest hit river basins included the Current, Saint Francis, Black, Mississippi, Big Muddy, Patoka, and Little Wabash Rivers. Both Doniphan and Van Buren, MO saw record flooding on the Current River. These locations easily exceeded the high water levels experienced back in 2008, 1993, and 1904. The Saint Francis River at Patterson, MO also set a record crest, breaking the previous highest crest set back in 1982.



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