I decided I'm not going to do a separate posting for each river that meanders. Rather I'll collect this evidence of the power of flowing water in this posting.
See Wabash River Meanderings for several examples of the river changing its banks including a rather recent cut-through at Grayville, IL.
An article about two tracks being washed out that includes a video. I love the quote: “You got a lot of people working on this.” The article explained that you may have a lot of people talking about this, but the Department of Transportation is not allowed to work on saving Highway 7 because the land is privately owned. The caption for the video indicates the railway is unused. I've seen a lot of single track routes that are unused, but this is the first time I have seen a 3-track route being idle. The price of steel scrap must be real low.
While looking for the abandoned Big Four Bridge across the White River, I noted a rather fresh sandbar. As I looked upstream, I found more including this set of sandbars.
(1) 18.47 ft on 07/16/2017 (P)
(2) 11.68 ft on 06/28/2017 (P)
(3) 23.25 ft on 05/08/2017 (P)
(4) 17.20 ft on 01/22/2017 (P)
(5) 13.64 ft on 08/17/2016 (P)
(6) 15.91 ft on 04/14/2016 (P)
(7) 13.69 ft on 02/26/2016 (P)
(8) 20.20 ft on 01/01/2016 (P)
(9) 19.46 ft on 07/18/2015
(10) 17.10 ft on 07/03/2015
Flood Categories (in feet)
|Major Flood Stage:||24|
|Moderate Flood Stage:||19|
|Low Flow (in KCFS):||0.372|
Edwardsport also has a water gauge, and it also shows 10 crests above flood stage happened during 2016 and 2017.
|Forgotten Railways, Roads, and Places posted|
Mississippi River, River Meander Map Print 1944, by Harold Fisk Cartographer
Bad River in South Dakota
It has developed a meander in the last decade that washed out railroad tracks during the Flood of 2019. And if you look upstream on a satellite image, you can find a lot of historical meandering.