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Parkville Flood : The 2011 Story of One Missouri Town

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Slide Show http://www.pbase.com/britestar/2011_flood_of_the_century&view=slideshow However, reading the more detailed explanations under individual, enlarged images may help one better understand my story of the Parkville Flood.

This is a 4 part gallery: The Preparations, The Waiting, The Flood, and the Aftermath.

Via power turbines and spillways from reservoirs at 4 major Northern Lakes, the Army Corps of Engineers released 160,000 cubic feet of water PER SECOND (about 1.12 million gallons; which is enough water to fill 13 Olympic size pools) from Gavin's Point, South Dakota. This unprecedented, continuing large quantity of water emptied into the Missouri River headed straight toward Parkville.

The Army Corps release continued until August. Rushing downstream, the sheer volume of water coming from the Upper Midwest caused historic flooding all along the Missouri River. Various interstate hiways - plus many, many state roads & even more local roads - were covered by flood waters and remained closed for months. People still have to drive hours out of their way just to go to work. Following the breaching of levies, many communities were forced to fight for their very existence.

These same flood waters reached the historic city of Parkville. Long standing water made this flood very different than any previous one in memory.

During the 1800's, Parkville was a very important center of commerce. Back when nearby Kansas City was in its infancy, Parkville held the main spot light over the now larger city. Indians, trappers, traders, and farmers all flocked to the thriving river port of Parkville. Today, Parkville is a tourist destination with quaint shops, warm little town feeling, and historic memories. Several of the original buildings remain and date back to 1840. These buildings are now in danger from the flood waters.

Nearby Kansas City did feel any significant impact from this Flood.

Meanwhile, lives in the historic city of Parkville were changed by the flood of 2011. Parkville's close proximity to the Missouri River - that made it the Center of Commerce 300 years ago - still connects the City to what happens with the River today.

For the record, I am not a Parkville resident. However, the story of this strong community (filled with so much history) has captivated me; just as it has the news media and much of Missouri.
Historic Little Town
Historic Little Town
Running Fast & High
Running Fast & High
You know trouble
You know trouble
Up on the Hill
Up on the Hill
Out of a Storybook
Out of a Storybook
English Landing Park
English Landing Park
Walking Trail
Walking Trail
Baseball Field
Baseball Field
Rush Creek
Rush Creek
Water Treatment Plant
Water Treatment Plant
Power Plant
Power Plant
Park College
Park College
Across the Tracks
Across the Tracks
May Rain
May Rain
Debris from Up River
Debris from Up River
Fallen
Fallen
Headed Down River
Headed Down River
Help from Other Cities
Help from Other Cities
Army Corps
Army Corps
Reserve Sand
Reserve Sand
Supplies
Supplies
Working Together
Working Together
Emergency Command Center
Emergency Command Center
Bringing In The  Machine
Bringing In The Machine
Bringing in Sand
Bringing in Sand
The Media
The Media
Hard Work
Hard Work
Team Effort
Team Effort
Working Together
Working Together
Protective Wall
Protective Wall
Live At Five!
Live At Five!
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Feeling the Heat
Feeling the Heat
Emergency Call
Emergency Call
Passing
Passing
Tools
Tools
Moving Sandbags
Moving Sandbags
Pallets
Pallets
Two Thousand
Two Thousand
River Side
River Side
Change
Change
An American Town
An American Town
The Youngest Volunteer
The Youngest Volunteer
Sandbags
Sandbags
Frame Work
Frame Work
The News at Six
The News at Six
It Takes a Team
It Takes a Team
Filled
Filled
Manned Crossing
Manned Crossing
Crossing Guard
Crossing Guard
Before the Flood
Before the Flood
Trying to Save Town
Trying to Save Town
Building the Portadam
Building the Portadam
Everything That Can Be Done
Everything That Can Be Done
Many Trips
Many Trips
Portadam
Portadam
Protecting the Town
Protecting the Town
Man and Machine
Man and Machine
Sandbags
Sandbags
Smooth Operation
Smooth Operation
Sale
Sale
Volunteers
Volunteers
More
More
Marked
Marked
Is This High Enough?
Is This High Enough?
Nature Sanctury
Nature Sanctury
Protected Pump Station
Protected Pump Station
Community Spirit
Community Spirit
Filled
Filled
Part of the Line
Part of the Line
Wall
Wall
Protecting Underground
Protecting Underground
Prepared
Prepared
Fate of the Post Office
Fate of the Post Office
Time to Leave
Time to Leave
History in Danger
History in Danger
River Side
River Side
Taking Advantage
Taking Advantage
English Landing Park
English Landing Park
Waiting
Waiting
Endangered
Endangered
Last Sections
Last Sections
Will This Be Successful?
Will This Be Successful?
Getting High
Getting High
High Water
High Water
Almost Finished
Almost Finished
Life Goes On
Life Goes On
Wait and See
Wait and See
Waiting
Waiting
Ignoring Danger
Ignoring Danger
When Will It Flood?
When Will It Flood?
Army Corps
Army Corps
Breaking Down
Breaking Down
Until the Last Moment
Until the Last Moment
Bridge Closed
Bridge Closed
News Story
News Story
The Party is Over
The Party is Over
Sign of the Times
Sign of the Times
It's Started
It's Started
Thank You
Thank You
Closed
Closed
Strange Nature
Strange Nature
Beauty
Beauty
Stop the Flood!
Stop the Flood!
Where Do We Go Now!
Where Do We Go Now!
Water Works
Water Works
Last Walk
Last Walk
Weird Wildlife
Weird Wildlife
Survivor
Survivor
Struggling to Stay Afloat
Struggling to Stay Afloat
Well Suited
Well Suited
River Floods
River Floods
Talk a Walk with Me
Talk a Walk with Me
Ball Field Under Water
Ball Field Under Water
Swimming into Town
Swimming into Town
Raging
Raging
Just Before
Just Before
Covered
Covered
Rising Water
Rising Water
Flood Waters Bring Snakes
Flood Waters Bring Snakes
Fallen
Fallen
No Longer Safe
No Longer Safe
Missouri River Heads Down Main Street
Missouri River Heads Down Main Street
Running Too High
Running Too High
Only Thing Left
Only Thing Left
Rising Water
Rising Water
For Those Who Can Read
For Those Who Can Read
Drowning
Drowning
Hard to Miss
Hard to Miss
Stupid
Stupid
What Else is in the Water?
What Else is in the Water?
Busted
Busted
Toxic Soup
Toxic Soup
Another One
Another One
Flood Reaches Pump Station
Flood Reaches Pump Station
Ducks Downtown
Ducks Downtown
Sitting in the Water
Sitting in the Water
Dangerously High
Dangerously High
Gonna Get Even Worse
Gonna Get Even Worse
To Be Continued...
To Be Continued...
Flood Plump
Flood Plump
Flooded
Flooded
A Month Later
A Month Later
Concerned
Concerned