Cape Girardeau Flooding Impacts: Current Status

Last updated Jan. 12 at 4:45 p.m.
Public Works’ Leaf Pick Up, Compost, Brush Collection and Drop Off, Christmas Tree Pickup Resuming 
Cape Girardeau Public Works will resume several services recently suspended due to flooding in coming weeks, including Christmas tree pickup, compost bag collection and drop off, small limb pickup and large limb drop off.
Christmas tree, compost bag, and small limb pick up resumes Wednesday, Jan. 27. Public Works will pick up the Christmas trees every Wednesday through Feb. 24, for a $5 fee. Christmas trees can also be dropped off at the designated location in Arena Park (near the livestock areas of the fairgrounds) for free.
Compost bags can be purchased at the City Hall Customer Service Department, Schnucks and Food Giant. Bags are 5 for $6.25.
Call Public Works at 573-339-6351 to arrange Wednesday pick up of the items listed above.
Large limbs more than one-quarter inch in diameter can be dropped off at the Transfer Station. Regular Transfer Station rates apply.
The city’s leaf collection program resumes on Jan. 19. Residents are asked to rake leaves within six feet of the street, and make sure leaves raked to the curb are not blocked by vehicles. Follow the leaf truck’s progress online here:
Multi-Agency Coordination Center – Resources Available to Those Affected by Flooding on Friday, Jan. 8 in Cape Girardeau
Information and services will be available to those affected by flooding in Cape Girardeau and North Scott Counties at the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau on Friday, Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional details and a list of services here.
As flood waters recede, please note:

  1. Public Works reopened the Transfer Station on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7 a.m. Find debris disposal options online.
  2. Curbside trash and recycling pickup continues as normal, with the exception of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday week.
  3. Leaf and Christmas tree pickup was suspended.
  4. Before the time comes for clean-up, please review these FEMA After-Flood tips.
  5. Never drive through flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown. Stay out of areas that are restricted by barricades and off of levees.

Some citizens have been, and will continue to be, affected by this historic flood. Several agencies and volunteer groups are working to assist them.
Crews will assess cleanup needs along streets as water recedes. Our public safety and infrastructure crews will continue working day and night to monitor flood protection systems and property. Past stormwater mitigation work by the City of Cape Girardeau, and the state and federal government, has eliminated many of the threats to life and property experienced in other historic floods.
Residents and visitors are asked to follow city information sources for updates (website, blog, social media – Facebook, Twitter).
Cape Girardeau City Flood Gate and Road Closures

As of Monday, Jan. 11, all roads previously closed by flooding in Cape Girardeau have reopened. All Cape Girardeau County roads have reopened, as well.
The north and south railroad river gates have opened, but all other river gates remain closed.
Other services and information available from:

Red Cross Shelter at Osage Closed on Jan. 5
Due to no patrons using shelter services as of early on Jan. 5, the SEMO Red Cross shelter at the Osage Centre has closed. Those who had used the shelter were able to return home.
Sandbags Handed Out During Flooding
During the flooding, Public Works reportedly distributed and used about 22,000 bags.
Flood Levels
Cape Girardeau should be past its highest river level of this flooding event. The highest gauge reading was 48.86 feet at approximately 10 p.m. on Jan. 1. The River continues falling as of Jan. 5.
Find the current river levels, projections, and other historic data on the NWS website here.
While considered in “flood stage” at Cape Girardeau, crews continue staying vigilant and inspecting wall and levee structures. The floodwall gates in Cape Girardeau continue to remain closed. Both pumping stations remain operating.