I'm John Martin, Curriculum writer for CNN Student News. The last few days, CNN Student News has spotlighted some of the floods hitting the Midwest. Meanwhile, my wife and I were visiting some of her family in St. Louis, and we saw some of the damage first hand. We stayed in Arnold, Missouri; a town along the Meramec River that was mentioned in our show. We saw homes that were underwater, a flooded baseball field where you could only see the tip of the backstop sticking out of the water, and some roads that were completely wiped out. We heard the stories from residents; some schools were closed; and my wife's aunt had to hike through the woods – even though her home was on high ground, the road to her home was impassable.
And while I was there talking to these people dealing with the flood, what were they asking me? How we fared through last week's tornado! So, how's the weather where you live?
John Martin, Curriculum Writer
I hope the weather lets up, the world is drowning in it's own filth.
I saw the river and it was incredibly high! I have never seen water so high with my own eyes.
I live in a great place with no tornadoes,floods,volcanoes......a few earthquakes,though,but not very often.
I live about 5 miles away from Sappington Bridge just outside of Sullivan, Mo. And I can honestly say that what we witnessed in 2008 with the Meramec River crested at a monumental 30.4 feet was something that I never thought I would witness. Truly remarkable.