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Flooding Expected At Portland

The Missouri River is expected to crest over 24 foot at Portland May 28, 2015. Flood stage is 17 foot. Even after it crests and recedes, one can expect the trail in that area to be covered with sandy grit mud until it can be cleaned up.
posted May 24 2015 12:46PM - Gary, Near Tenbetts

They have now downgraded the forecast for the river to crest at just under 20 feet on Friday, probably will not affect the trail at Portland except for maybe some low lying areas. Of course this could all change if we get a lot of rain upstream.
posted May 26 2015 7:25PM - Gary, Near Tebbetts

Thanks for the info
posted May 27 2015 10:31AM - Anonymous

just wondering if all the recent rainfall in the southern usa has affected conditions of the trail at this point. I will be cycling from the 10 -27 june, wondering if i have to be aware of closures and detours.

posted May 29 2015 7:23PM - ovsa, calagry

If the rain in the southern US causes the Katy trail to flood in Missouri, there is a very strong chance that you should be looking for an escape route for higher ground in Canada too.
posted May 29 2015 9:10PM - Anonymous

Ovsa, that is a good question. Sometimes the remnants of hurricanes can end up here. By the time it gets here it is usually not bad. But at this time the southern weather is not getting here. Other rain is. Also, when there is a lot of rain to the west and north of us, that water can find its way into the Missouri River and cause flooding.

If you want fairly good reports on the impact of weather on the Katy Trail, go to the homepage for this website, look for the link to trail conditions. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the Katy Trail and does a good job of posting information about places where there are major problems. And check this comments forum also. People who encounter trees across the trail and other major problems will often post on this forum. DNR usually gets debris cleaned up pretty quickly, if it is not a major flood.
posted May 29 2015 11:04PM - Cathy, Jefferson City

Here's the link for MO river flooding.

posted May 30 2015 7:14AM - Anonoh

thanks Cathy for the info. Looks like things will be O.K. Looking forward to it.
posted May 31 2015 7:16PM - ovsa, calagry

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