The opening lines of the Galloway report read: The Midwest Flood of 1993 was a signiﬁcant hydrometeorological event. In some areas it represented an unusual event; in most others, however, it was just another of the many that have been seen before and will be seen again. Flood ﬂows similar to those experienced by most of the Midwest can occur at any time.
St. Louis, Missouri, and other parts of the Midwest are currently experiencing significant flooding – some will break records set in 1993. Twenty-two years after that record flood, it’s worth looking back at the report issued in 1994. It would seem that few of the recommendations proffered have been followed with any determination.
While it’s clear that human intervention has exacerbated flooding, it’s unclear that we have the will to do better. From the report: The Review Committee supports a ﬂoodplain management strategy of, sequentially, avoiding inappropriate use of the ﬂoodplain, minimizing vulnerability to damage through both structural and nonstructural means, and mitigating ﬂood damages when they do occur.By controlling runoff, managing ecosystems for all their beneﬁts, planning the use of the land and identifying those areas at risk; many hazards can be avoided.