It's been three months since Clarksville put up a makeshift flood wall to save the town from high water on the Mississippi.
The river has dropped below flood stage and now city officials have decided it's time for the wall to come down to let the riverfront come back to life.
" I miss that beautiful view, but it was necessary to protect our community, protect our town. We have a post office; we have a lumber yard; we have residences and then the businesses and it's vital for Clarksville. I'm happy to see it down, but it was necessary that we had it up," Caron Quick said. Quick owns a business along the Clarksville riverfront.
Kathy Weiss is the Clarksville Emergency Management Coordinator. She said the city didn't want to take any chances in removing the wall too early. The first crest of the Mississippi River came in mid-April and the flooding stuck around for a couple more months. It took 56 hundred tons of rock and 13 hundred tons of sand to save the town.
"A nd we had a lot of nervous moments when we thought maybe the wall wouldn't hold in the beginning - but since the water has gone down significantly, now we're feeling a lot more comfortable," Weiss said.
Weiss also said because the rock and the sand were so compacted, they hope to get it all removed by the first week of August. They could get some help from a local operating engineers union to get the riverfront back to what it looked like before the Flood of 2013. Weiss also added some of the rock will be for sale, but some will have to be transported to the landfill because of riverwater contamination.
There also is some good news for Clarksville and several other counties in Missouri.
The federal government has approved Governor Jay Nixon's request to declare parts of the state a federal disaster area, including Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Pike, Ralls and Shelby in Northeast Missouri.