Meyer, Illinois

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Coordinates: 40°08′52″N 91°30′13″W / 40.14778°N 91.50361°W / 40.14778; -91.50361
Meyer
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Illinois
County Adams
Township Lima
Elevation 482 ft (146.9 m) [1]
Coordinates 40°08′52″N 91°30′13″W / 40.14778°N 91.50361°W / 40.14778; -91.50361
Timezone Central (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
Postal code 62379
Area code 217
Location of Meyer within Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States

Meyer is an unincorporated community in Adams County, Illinois, United States. It has a population of approximately 10 full-time residents as of mid-2009, due to the flood of 2008.[2] The community is part of the Quincy, IL–MO Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is the westernmost community in Illinois.

Meyer sits in a fertile flood plain along the east bank of the Mississippi River in northwestern Adams County. The river plays a significant role in the area's local economy. A large grain elevator lies to the south of the community.[3]

Less than a mile from Meyer is the Canton, Missouri ferry landing that connects the community with the state of Missouri.[3]

Meyer has been affected by floods throughout its history, the most notable occurring in 1944 and 1993.[4] The community was again affected during an extensive flood event in June 2008.

On June 18, the Meyer levee was compromised, although most of the residents had left following a voluntary order earlier in the week.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Meyer
  2. ^ "Ill. levee breaches force small town's evacuation". Associated Press. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-07-10. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Meyer, Illinois". The Mighty Mississippi River. Joe Angert. Retrieved 2008-07-10. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Illinois river towns fear repeat of 1993". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  5. ^ "Meyer level breaches". KHQA-TV. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-07-10.