We all may rejoice when spring finally starts, but as the weather warms the chances of the Missouri River flooding also increase. There have been plenty of incidents of past springtime flooding in the Olathe/Kansas City area. Often these floods are indirectly caused by weather all across the western U.S. At ServiceMaster DSI, we believe in being prepared for emergencies every spring and offer professional water damage restoration services in Olathe, KS. Our teams are on call 24/7 365 days of the year.
It’s doubtful anyone will forget the hugely devastating flood of the Kansas and Missouri rivers in 1951. The flood began in May and lasted until mid-July, displacing over 500,000 people from their homes. The damage costs from the Great Flood of 1951 was equal to almost $7 billion today. By the time the water levels stopped rising, the flood had covered over 2 million acres, damaging thousands of homes and businesses in the area.
More recently in the Olathe and Kansas City area was the flooding of the Missouri River in 2011. This is an example of spring flooding that can’t be predicted by the rainfall in Kansas or Missouri alone. The flood was triggered by the melting record-shattering snowfall in the Wyoming and Montana Rockies combined with record-rainfall in Montana. The western dams on the Missouri River had to be opened to prevent dangerous overflow, which unfortunately flooded several cities east of the dams. The 2011 flooding affected an enormous area of the U.S. including Olathe and Kansas City.
Other floods, like the Great Flood of 1844 (the largest flood ever recorded on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers), and the floods during 1903 add even more to the records of historic spring flooding along the Missouri River. Even if only minor flooding occurs this spring, it can cause heavy damage to homes and businesses alike.
Be safe this spring when it comes to floods. Contact ServiceMaster DSI for water damage restoration in Olathe and Overland Park, KS, as well as Kansas City, MO.