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People in Morehouse to celebrate flood recovery

MOREHOUSE, MO (KFVS) -

Morehouse is gearing up for a special celebration now that life is slowly returning to normal.

Floodwaters in April caused massive destruction in Morehouse. The community is starting to look like it once did. This weekend locals will come together to reflect, and celebrate where they are today.

Almost five months later, Morehouse looks a lot different.

About 80% of the town was affected in some way by high water.

"Lost my cars, my houses and my heart," said Kenneth Tackett. 

While they've come along way, signs and sounds of recovery remain.

"We're getting there," said Randy Thomas-Pastor, General Baptist Church. "We had two and a half feet of water in the church. We had to completely re-do it."

On Saturday anyone affected by this Spring's flooding in Morehouse is invited to a flood recovery celebration.

"This is a time of gathering together and looking back toward what God has done, and reminding them how God has brought us through a lot of things," said Larry Portwood-Pastor, First Assembly of God Church. 

"The people in town have cried," said Pastor Thomas. "Hearts have been broken. We hope to have a time now of rejoicing."

City leaders say Morehouse is about 90% rebuilt. If all goes as planned the town could be back to normal by the end of the year.

"Still have about 20 homes with debris laying on properties," said Pastor Randy Conn-First Baptist Church. 

While they've had help from FEMA, volunteers have perhaps made the biggest difference.

"If it hadn't been for the Christian based organizations we wouldn't be where were are now," said Pastor Conn. 

This Saturday it's a chance to thank those people, and come together as a family.

They're rebuilding the foundation of their lives, one step at a time no matter how long it takes.

"As we go through this it's not going to be over in 3-4 years, it may take 7 to 8," said Kenneth Tackett. "Time heals all wounds, but right now mine ain't healed."

At Saturday's flood recovery celebration, locals still in need of assistance will get a chance to find out more about what help is still out there.

It's at the Family Life Center on Benton Street in Morehouse, MO starting at 5:30pm.

The event has been made possible through an anonymous donation.

Pastor Randy Conn from the First Baptist Church would appreciate an RSVP by Friday night.

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