Cape Girardeau Has Flood Plan, but Not the Cash to Make it Work

FEBRUARY 14, 2007 - Posted at 3:32 p.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Street flooding has been a fairly constant problem in Cape Girardeau for the past year.  On one occasion in late August of last year, rain guages in the city recorded more than eight inches of water in about one hour, and the city was forced to close portions of nearly 40 streets due to flooding.  The incident marked at least the third time last year that city officials were forced to close streets.

Currently, Public Works officials in southeast Missouri's largest city have drawn up at least 20 stormwater projects, but they have funding for only two.

The twenty proposed projects would add retention ponds, stabilize creek banks and update outdated culverts and drains.  The cost for the project is $4.7 million.