After ten days of piling sandbags and hoping the river wouldn't win, people in Clarksville, Missouri are breathing a sigh of relief.
eeing this towboat head up the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 24 is a good sign for Clarksville residents.
Melinda St. Clair
manages the lumber yard in Clarksville, and she said
without the hundreds of volunteers who showed up to help sandbag, her business would have been under water.
I cannot speak enough for all of the volunteers, the AmeriCorps, the National Guard, everybody has been absolutely wonderful. They did save the businesses, yes, they did, and the homes. Everything they did, we appreciate every bit of it," St. Clair said.
Many people spent seven days piling sandbags and building temporary flood barriers to make sure downtown Clarksville didn't flood. That hard work paid off.
I think, right now, that we can feel really good about the fact that the work was done and it worked, it defended the downtown area and thus the whole of the town. Clarksville is resilient, has been before and it will continue to be," Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said.
So as quick as these sandbags and these barrier walls went up along the riverfront here in Clarksville, Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said
they're not in a big rush to take all of this down.
In fact, s
he said she wants to wait to see what the prediction is going to be as far as future flooding from the snow melt up north in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. So for now, these stay until an all clear is given later on.