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By Holly Brantley

MOREHOUSE, MO (KFVS) - As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, water continued to rise in Morehouse. At the same time hundreds made the decision to evacuate. As loads of sandbags went in, trailers of people and furniture made their way out.

"We know the water is coming from the Little River," said New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens. "We just aren't sure what's happened to make it rise to fast."

National guard members on the scene tell Heartland News they watched the water rise at a rate of five inches per hour late Thursday.

Wednesday evening, the problems began. An elderly housing complex was evacuated because of worries water would cut the residents off from the rest of town. 

According to Pastor Randy Conn of the First Baptist Church at 210 Beech Street, the church is taking in evacuated residents.

They are actually moving into the Family Life Center as the water rises.  The Family Life Center is about a foot higher than the chapel.

"We are prepared to build a levee of sandbags and dirt around the center," said Pastor Conn. "About thirty people are staying here. I've been the pastor here for eleven years and I've never seen anything like this in Morehouse."

Meanwhile, others from as far away as Sikeston arrived to help as residents stood in the streets watching the rapidly rising water.

"I've been working for seventy-two hours straight," said Jimmy Johnson. "My house doesn't have water yet but I know it could."

"We all have to pull together," said Cindy Thomas, of Sikeston. "We can't lose this community."

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