EMAs, communities prepare for flooding in MO

Commuities plan for possible flooding

(KFVS) - Many southeast Missouri counties are preparing for potential flooding over the next 48 hours.

In Bollinger County, Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Bollinger said it's a group effort with the local fire departments, sheriff's office and police departments to watch for rising water.

Bollinger said major creeks are up but have not reached flood stages yet. Right now, some of the low water bridges are impassable but most folks who live in these areas know not to pass over them.

In Wayne County, there is no problems with flooding yet but the EMA office will keep an eye on Sam A. Baker State Park and Old Greenville Park over the next two days.

Pemiscot County officials say they have no plans in place, but will react if something develops.

While in Ste. Genevieve, flood waters are already threatening the community.

Thirty two feet of water from the Mississippi River backed up into low-lying areas of Ste. Genevieve.

Officials said they've had pumps running over the last 24 hours from flooding that occurred after Wednesday's rain. They said they plan to close several railroad crossings due to early flooding next.

"Six inches of rain, or even eight, doesn't scare me too bad but anything over that gets pretty drastic," said Vern Bauman with Levee District.

Crews stayed busy on Thursday prepping for more rain. All four of the city's flood gates are closed while the pumps continue to run.

Engineers say anything more than 40 feet could be catastrophic for the city.

"We still have about 200 acres that are flooded we would like to get that down to maybe 50 acres, then we can handle it. But a foot of water is more than we really want," said Bauman.

In Moorehouse, Mo., streets are dry now but that could quickly change.

Flooding is no stranger to people living in Morehouse. Back in in 2011, the small city of less than 900 people sat submerged in more than a foot of water for over a week.

Janet Harp said she remembers watching people in boats go from house to house.

People in Morehouse can only sit, wait and hope this rain doesn't wash away their city this time around.

"I just think, 'well, I hope not,' because here we go again," said Harp.

Meanwhile, other southeast Missouri counties are teaming up with area police, fire and sheriff's departments to watch for rising water levels over the next couple of days.

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