Looking northeast from the eastern entrance of the still open-for-business Big Muddy’s restaurant along the downtown Burlington, Mississippi riverfront at noon on Friday, October 12, 2018 / Photo credit: Mercedes, KGRS-FM
The Mississippi River stage at noon on Friday, October 12, 2018 is at 20.8 feet in Burlington. Flood stage is 15.0 feet, so, as viewed from the eastern side of Big Muddy’s restaurant, the above photo shows what the river looks like at almost 6 feet above flood stage. The river is almost done rising — it’ll get to around 21.0 feet Saturday morning, and then it’ll very slowly begin to fall. Despite the upper Midwest looking much drier weather-wise, the river easily could still be around 19.0 feet on Friday, October 19, 2018.
The 21.0-feet level is when the water gets to the floor of the left station at Market Street as well as covering the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks. This level would tie the current 8th place highest Burlington Mississippi River level (crest). The highest level ever recorded was 25.73 feet on June 17, 2008, and that is followed closely by 25.10 feet on July 10, 1993. The current 20.8-feet level already puts our latest flood in 9th place, and it is our only ‘Top 10’ to happen outside the months of April, May, June, or July.