April Showers at Duck Creek
Like much of southeast Missouri, Duck Creek has received a substantial amount of rain since last Friday (more than a foot of precipitation). Many of the surrounding roads in the Mississippi Lowlands are closed due to flooding (check out MODOT's interactive map).
At this point the area is still technically open, but much of it is flooded. Duck Creek is along the edge of the hills, so portions of the roads to the north (Highway P, Z, and 51) have remained open and are the best way to access the area if necessary. However, other sections of the roads leading to Duck Creek to the east and south (Highway C, K, P, and 51) have been closed due to high water.
Condition of Pools
The ditches running through Duck Creek (104, 105, 106, and 111) are very high but look to be receding a little. This, of course, will change if it continues to rain. Pools 2 and 3 have taken on a substantial amount of water. In Pool 2 water is over the road along most of its perimeter, which borders Ditches 104, 105, and 106.
In Pool 3, our two new spillways are working. Water is coming into the pool on the east side through the 260-foot lowered road (floodway) and flowing out of the pool through a similar floodway on the west side. From here the water is going into Ditch 1 and spreading out into Pool 8. These new structures are allowing the water to spread out within the basin, off of the private ground on the east and onto the publicly owned wetlands to the southwest.
After being drawn down in the last month, Unit A and B are flooded again as they have taken on water from Ditch 111 and the surrounding watershed. Also, Pool 1 is full to the brim. To access Pool 1, use the northern entrance on Highway Z and drive around Unit A. These roads are currently open and not flooded.
In the past few days there has been some wind damage as well. In places, trees within the timbered impoundments and Pool 1 have been blown over or snapped in half.
Hopefully, the rain will subside and flood waters will begin to recede over the next few weeks. Currently, the area is functioning as a wetland and absorbing some of the extensive floodwaters to the immediate region. We'll try to keep you posted.
Be careful and stay safe.