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May 27, 2009
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

St. Louis Flooding 2008: From Spring Rains to Hurricane Ike

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

St. Louis experienced record rainfall of 57.96 inches in 2008. Serious flooding of regional rivers and creeks was a result, but in most cases the resultant flood damages were greatly aggravated by acts of Man. Major flooding began on March 22, 2008, when the Meramec River at Eureka reached a stage of 40.04 feet, causing serious damage to low-lying areas such as Pacific, Missouri. Persistent flooding of the upper Mississippi River continued though late spring and summer, devastating many towns in Iowa and Northern Missouri. St. Louis was spared severe damages, even though the river exceeded flood stage multiple times in 2008. However, the remnants of Hurricane Ike delivered extreme rainfall of 4 to 5 inches to St. Louis on September 11, 2008, causing sudden flash flooding that severely damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, and caused two fatalities in University City. Flood damages in all of these cases were greatly magnified by poor management of our waterways and their floodplains.

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people.  No reservations accepted.

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7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

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