Record Flooding Ends at Ohio River in Cairo, Heat Wave to Follow Barry

Jul 15, 2019

The Ohio River at Cairo fell below flood stage on Saturday night.

That ended a record stretch of continuous flooding at 156 days. It started on February 8th. The previous record of 97 days occurred from March to June of 1973.

River levels continue to fall along the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau and Thebes. Each location has been in flood stage for 120 days.

The City Pool in Anna will hold a free public swim day later this month to help flood victims.

The City Council approved the proposal at its last meeting.

Plans include music, food and giveaways.

Organizers of the event encourage everyone to bring a school supply to donate to Shawnee Schools to help the students affected by the recent flooding.

The free swim day in Anna is set for Saturday, July 27th from 1-5 p.m.

After the remnants of Barry depart the region, it will turn very hot and humid.

The National Weather Service says the hottest stretch of the summer so far is on the way Thursday into the weekend. Highs will be into the low to mid 90's with heat index readings reaching 105 degrees or greater across the entire area.