Flood water expected to reach height it was at in April
Fri, 31 May 2013 21:50:14 GMT —
The City of Clarksville Missouri is gearing up for round two against the flooding Mississippi River.
Most of what the city did a month ago to fight that flood is still in place.
In fact not much has changed in the last month along the Clarksville riverfront.
The barrier wall is still in place as are thousands of sandbags. And now after seeing the Mississippi River drop several feet, more rain is forcing the river to come back with a flooding vengeance.
"In 93 and in other times, the flood has come, and it has subsided. Then it has come back and in some cases come back for a third time," Mayor JoAnn Smiley said.
Two times are enough for Caron Quick who says a third time is not a charm in this case. As she looks out her window of her business, she gets an up close and personal look at the river. The Mississippi River is just a few feet away from her Windsor Chair Shop. Quick realizes how well the flood wall has held and hopes it will continue doing its job.
"It is a way of life and we have this beautiful view and I know you have to pay a price for it. But we're a tough little group, a tough little community and we always prevail," Quick said.
Smiley also said the city has people walking the wall 24 hours a day looking for any problems that might develop. She said when they go to put more sandbags in place this time, crews will have to climb over the first wall and work on the second wall constructed in April. Smiley believes the flood walls will hold up to keep her city safe from the mighty Mississippi.
According to the National Weather Service the Mississippi River is supposed to get to 35.3 feet by Monday June 3rd.
Further north on the Mississippi, drainage district commissioners are keeping an eye on the river as well.
"We haven't had any problems now," Pat McEntee, president of the flood control district in Niota said "We're going to have a meeting tomorrow morning and kick things around. Right now we're sitting in pretty good shape. They're We'll be fine if we just keep an eye on things. We don't want to get to complacent and it could get bad really fast."
And on Friday, there was an announcement about disaster declarations and counties that were affected by flooding back in April. Eight additional counties in Illinois were approved for federal disaster aid.
Brown, Calhoun and Pike are part of 33 counties approved for federal disaster relief. McDonough and Schuyler counties were approved earlier this month.
More than $68 million in federal aid has been approved for 24,000 individuals and households thus far, according to a press release from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.