Parts of MO community still dealing with rising water levels

STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Towns across the Heartland are dealing with the aftermath of recent storms.

Plenty of houses and businesses took on water, causing a lot of damage to both.

“Hopefully it won't be much higher,” said Edward Tucker.

Tucker is a sitting duck.

After moving equipment to higher ground, he said all he can do now is wait for the water to recede.

“Just keep everything higher than what you think the water level is going to reach from previous years,” he said.

Water has reached past his garage doors, over his driveway and taken over his garden.

And that isn't the worst of it.

“In 2013, it had reached the level of 42.4 and it's that waterline on that building there,” he said.

It's also not the end.

“They predict a foot, maybe 11 inches,” said Tucker.

The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, just up the road, was at risk of losing thousands of dollars' worth of vaccines.

“We came in to find over two feet of water at the time we got here,” said Bob Bach with the department.

The department stopped all services on Monday, but after a major clean up job, officials expect to be reopened on Tuesday.

“That was the idea, to get back up running as soon as possible,” he said.

Staff at the health department say they expect to be fully operational later this week.

Folks can check their Facebook page for updates.

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