Muddy Waters


We were feeling a bit fatigued this morning, after yesterday’s Paducah quilt adventure. So, it wasn’t until after noon that we got out of the house and drove downtown to the Arch. We wanted take pictures of the flooding and also to walk the Arch grounds. If you scroll backwards a couple of days, you’ll see a photo of the Lewis and Clark statue on the Saint Louis Riverfront. It is partially submerged. I took that picture a couple of years ago. If you look closely at the photograph with this post, the one with the stop sign in it, you’ll see that only the top of the hat is still above the water now. The river crested a couple of days ago and has already receded a few steps, leaving behind mud everywhere. At its height, this year’s flood water likely completely covered the Lewis and Clark statue. Another photograph shows Anne standing on the twelfth step from the top, on the staircase in front of the Arch. I’m standing on the top step. At the height of the 1993 flood the water came up to where Anne is seen standing, some fifty feet above flood stage.

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