Nauvoo is never threatened with flooding except for the old Nauvoo House which
was completed long after the Saints left the area. It is used occasionally for
youth group housing etc. by the Comunity of Christ. There is always enough help
there because of the LDS presence to protect it if need be. Nauvoo is built on
high ground, up and away from the threat of the flooding Mississippi. It is a
different story for Niota to the north and areas also to the south. Historic
Nauvoo is always safe from flooding problems except for temporary items along
the river bank, etc. Joseph Smith and the early LDS leaders would have never
developed a city in a flood plane, not with the brains, intellect, and
inspiration they had. God bless their memory !!
Nauvoo the Beautiful. Even now, it's still a miracle. When the Saints left in
1846, they never planned to come back. When the mobs finally pushed out the
last few Mormons in September after the Battle of Nauvoo, only those who
promised to live without practising "Mormonism" were allowed to stay in their
homes. It's been fun watching this legacy rise from the ashes and become a
beautiful city once again with the awe-inspiring temple on the hill. I plan to
visit there this Fall and have been wondering how the floods had affected the
city. I am glad to hear that the homes and venues in lower Nauvoo have been
spared from the ravages of the flood waters. Thanks for the information.
The reason it was swampy before the Saints moved in was the runoff from the high
ground couldn't get to the river until a canal was dug to guide it to the
downstream side of town. The ditch is alongside the highway into town today. The
water level of the Mississippi is 30 feet higher around Nauvoo on an average day
because of the Keokuck dam, than it was in the 1800's. It's still solid ground
and a good place to build a city because it's on the inside curve of the river.
The water is slow on the inside because it doesn't travel as far. That made it
easier to dock a river boat. And besides, the price and terms were favorable for
1800's subprime borrowers.
Oh thank goodness. The lord gave them a special blessing.
Wasn't Navoo a swamp? Seems like it's going to be again. Like New Orleans.
Thank goodness. That's the power of the Lord right there, skipping the blessed