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My dad just told me tonight that he was out at the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific RR (12" gauge -- wfprr.com) for a few hours helping them evacuate the grounds. They took out all of the locomotives.

For those not in the know, the St. Louis Live Steamers ( 4-3/4" and 7-1/2" gauge) are just miles from the WFPRR, and I do not know how much of an elevation difference there is between the SLLS and the WFPRR, but I do know that they are probably in danger, also.

Please keep the WFPRR and the SLLS in your prayers tonight. They are reporting that the waters will breach the banks by daybreak. If they are predicting correctly, the water should be pretty close to the top of the roundhouse at Glencoe (MUCH higher than ever before!)

Regards,

Mike Walsh
WFPRR member since 2002
 

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I feel for the folks there, got to see the floods in '92 or 93 and it was baad.
 

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Hope they could get any engines stored there out of the way, and I hope no ones house is in the flood plain.
 

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The flood report predicts that the crest will happen on Friday....at 43' above the normal river level. The bottom of the engine shed is 18' above the river norm. This ain't looking good...

There's LOTS of land that's gonna be flooded.
 

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The water level is expected to be very close to the top of the roundhouse. This will pretty much put the ENTIRE right of way under water. Yesterday, around 9:00 PM, it was estimated that the water was 2ft over the crossing at Grand Ave. in Glencoe.

They took all of the tools and machinery out of the roundhouse yesterday.

Here are some photos on my webserver, all of which were taken by jim greathouse of the WFPRR.

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/Meramec_44.jpg

a view of the meramec, crossing highway 44 enroute to the WFPRR.

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/turntable_1.jpg (taken at 10AM)

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/ticket_booth.jpg normally, there is no water behind the ticket booth. This is the highest that I have ever seen it!

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/devin_loading.jpg
devin and joe and others loading up steve's box truck with tenders

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/devin_locking.jpg
devin locking our benches to trees -- almost all of the tables and trees were chained to trees.

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/401_rh.jpg

waiting to take #401 out of the roundhouse. #401 was the last thing to make it out of the WFP. The authorities allowed us to stay as long as we could, but as soon as #401 came out, they decided to mandate an evacuation and not allow anyone back in.

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/grandave_1.jpg Grand Ave before they brought #401 out.

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/grandave_2.jpg

Grand ave later

a picture is worth a thousand words: http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/insanerocketkid/wfp_flood/road_closed.jpg

Here are videos of #401's rescue, along with other footage -- courtesty jim greathouse.

http://youtube.com/profile_videos?user=jmjrrjim

Regards,

Mike
 
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