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Scott City Port businesses hope waters don't get too high

As the river waters rise, businesses along the river are thinking of plans to stay dry and stay open. As the river waters rise, businesses along the river are thinking of plans to stay dry and stay open.
The main dock at the SEMO Port Public Terminal is usually busy with barge traffic. Now it's the actual river water moving in fast. The main dock at the SEMO Port Public Terminal is usually busy with barge traffic. Now it's the actual river water moving in fast.
Overbey said they hope the waters don't reach that point, and don't stick around long. Overbey said they hope the waters don't reach that point, and don't stick around long.
SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS) -

As the river waters rise, businesses along the river are thinking of plans to stay dry and stay open.

"Quite a bit of product that goes in and out that goes from barge to truck also to rail," said SEMO Port Executive Director Dan

The main dock at the SEMO Port Public Terminal is usually busy with barge traffic. Now it's the actual river water moving in fast.

"Right now fortunately the river's a little bit below the dock as you can see so we're still in business," said Overbey. "There's not a barge parked there right now, but they can work even though the river's up very high."

But if the water rises higher than the projected 42 foot crest, they could have to find a plan B to get the materials from the barges to the trains and trucks.

Overbey said they companies at the port had to get creative with the flooding in the 90s.

"The companies there brought in crushed rock and built a little levee around the edge of the dock and managed to keep operating," said Overbey.

Overbey said they hope the waters don't reach that point, and don't stick around long.

"I think we're fairly lucky the crest is coming and it won't stay up for a real long time if all the forecasts are right," said Overbey.

Now, they will watch the river levels, and hope to continue to watch the barges come into the port.

"Late last year we were trying to see how low it would go, and now we're trying to see how high," said Overbey.

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