By Alex Sosnowski – AccuWeather
Flooding in the upcoming days and weeks following a tremendous December rainfall could be one for the record books in the Mississippi Valley.
Major flooding along the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas and Meramec rivers will have communities dealing with long-duration high water.
Freezing temperatures will cause some flooded areas to turn icy and will add to the challenges.
Flooding on the middle portion of the Mississippi River and its tributaries may reach levels not seen during the winter months since records began during the middle 1800s.
Water levels could rival the mark set during the summer of 1993 and spring of 1995 and 2011 in some cases. Chester and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as well as Thebes, Illinois, could experience record high Mississippi River levels.