Emergency preparedness and personal safety begin with the individual.MU Extension Flood Resources (clickable)
Flooding in Missouri
Flooding remains the deadliest weather-related natural disaster in Missouri. Floods can occur from heavy rainfall, overflowing rivers, broken dams or levees or backed-up urban drainage basins.
The USGS Flood Information website shows the areas of Missouri where a flood currently exists. This map, coupled with MU Extension resources outlined below, provides tools to stay safe and prepared. Go to MU Extension's news and articles for the latest updates on flooding.
Explore our publications to find information on topics ranging from disaster supply kits to financial recovery plans. Our resources collection provides access to additional expertise, including knowledgeable advice on what to do as you return to a farm that has been flooded.
Please contact one of our experts at the bottom of this page if you have questions.
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News & articles
Preparing for disasters: Take it one step at a time
- Published: Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The catastrophic flooding in Texas underlines the need for families to prepare for disaster, says a University of Missouri Extension human development specialist.Hurricanes and tropical storms rarely threaten the Show-Me State, but ...
Mother Nature's drenchings damage crops
- Published: Friday, July 2, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mother Nature has not been kind to Missouri agriculture in 2021, says University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold.Spring rains delayed corn and soybean planting well beyond the best date for yield, says Wiebold. ...
When the power goes out, don’t be in the dark about food safety
- Published: Thursday, April 1, 2021
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When the power goes out, the clock starts ticking on the safety of your refrigerated and frozen foods.Meats, seafood, ice cream, cut produce and even leftover pizza can become susceptible to foodborne contaminants in just a few ...
Flooding in the vegetable garden
- Published: Monday, June 17, 2019
If floodwaters have covered your garden, consider the produce unsafe for humans or animals to eat. If floodwaters have contacted the edible portion of a crop, it is illegal to sell.If they have been touched by floodwaters, discard leafy vegetables, ...
Corn and Soybean Replant Decisions
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2018
<p class="blurbnote"><strong>Editor's note</strong><br />See <a href="https://extension.missouri.edu/media/wysiwyg/Extensiondata/Pro/CornSorghum/Docs/ReplantDecisionAid.xlsx">Replant Decision Aid (XLS)</a> or <a ...
Resources for Your Flooded Home
Publication date: May 1, 2017
Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. Families returning to their flooded homes should exercise caution before and during the cleanup process. To help you get your life and home back to normal, download this PDF.ContentsSteps toward ...
Generator Safety Concerns Video
Publication date: March 1, 2009
When the power goes out people need to be careful about how they try to stay warm. Gasoline-powered generators can help restore some power to homes, but if used incorrectly the generators can be deadly. Carbon monoxide can kill people in ...
Flood Effects on Grain Crops
Publication date: March 5, 2009
The primary damage to plants (other than lodging) from flooding or ponding is oxygen deprivation. The oxygen content of water is much lower than air — even air within the soil. Water in soil (water-logging) or above the soil surface (flooding) ...