Much attention this year was focused on northeast Missouri when floodwaters from Iowa flowed into the Mississippi and topped levees north of St. Louis. But an official with the Army Corps of Engineers says flooding has been widespread in Missouri for the past two years.

Chief Emergency Manager Jud Kneuvean with the Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City office says Missouri barely escaped a re-enactment of one of the worst disasters in state history:  the flood of 1993.

Many parts of Missouri have experienced their wettest year on record. St. Louis reports a record precipitation so far of 55 inches; records dating back to 1870. The previous record was 1982. 1993 now ranks third in St. Louis.

Kneuvean says much was learned in the wake of the great flood of 1993. Kneuvean says many have overlooked the widespread flooding in Missouri the past two years, flooding which has caused $24 million in damage.

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