Flooding affects small town in Perry County, MO

Flooding affects small town in Perry County, MO
This is the top of a pavilion near the boat ramp.
This is the top of a pavilion near the boat ramp.
This sign is nearly covered with water.
This sign is nearly covered with water.

WHITTENBURG, MO (KFVS) - Residents of Whittenburg, Mo. headed for higher ground as flood waters hit the area.

Nearby residents say the town has been hit hard by floods over the years that have wiped the town of all the people living in it.

Gary Wilson, a nearby resident, says floods in the area recently are all too common.

"It [Whittenburg] got swallowed up by the river years ago," Wilson said." I think '73 took it out and '93 took the rest of it out. It just seem like it does it every year now, it seem like every year it gets higher and higher, and more often."

Wilson says he grew up in the town and remembers fishing with family and enjoying himself by the beach.

Wilson stays in a home about half a mile from the town and says the flood water sometimes impacts his ability to get to his home.

"When it covers the bridge and we can't drive across, I usually put this boat down there [at the end of street]," Wilson said. "We kind of just like pour across, park our cars and have one car on one side of the bridge, one car on the other side."

Wilson says other residents figure out ways to get to their homes around the flood water.

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