Poplar Bluff, MO levee holds during flood

Black River levees holding in Poplar Bluff, MO

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Residents in Poplar Bluff, Missouri are relieved the levee by the Black River has held up during the floods.

Rowdy Boyer, resident of Poplar Bluff, said he isn't concerned about the possible chance to flood due to the improvements to the levee system.

"I guess anybody would be concerned a little bit, but since they've made the repairs to the levee here in the parking lot, the last time the water got up in 2011, it didn't get in on us," Boyer said. "If it gets to the top I'll be calling the county commissioner and asking for sand bags, but as long as it doesn't get over the top of my mailbox, we'll be in good shape."

Robbie Myers, director of emergency management, said that the county is proud of the improvements to their levee system and have prepared for weather like this.

"We have been preparing, having several meetings and checking everything and we're just excited that this isn't going to be a very big event for us," Myers said.

The county has been changing and improving their levee system since the storm in the early 2000s that washed away their levees.

Jason Smith, U.S. Congressman, said that he appreciated Governor Nixon's state of the emergency call because he feels its better to be proactive than reactive.

"You can never be too cautious because mother nature can change at the drop of a hat," Smith said. "The weather forecast isn't nearly as bad as what it is, but it's still something that we have to monitor."

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