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Perry County property owners race to beat the flood

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Preparations for potentially historic floods continued Tuesday in Perry County, Missouri.

“It’s going to be extremely dangerous to be in these bottoms if it does breach,” Hank Voleker, Perry County Emergency Management Director, said.

Crews from MoDOT shut down access to the Chester Bridge and closed the flood gates.

“They’re going to work on building the levee up,” Voleker said. “This isn’t like a foundation to a house. It’s got a few high spots, it’s got a few low spots. They’re attacking those low spots right now."            

Tuesday afternoon it was all hands on deck.

Missouri National Guard officers surveyed the area to see where they can help if needed.

“We just wait on the cal,” 1140th Engineering Battalion Major Mike Woods said.

A group of inmates from Missouri Department of Corrections worked alongside MoDOT to build up the flood gate.

“Everyone’s been working fantastic together, it’s a big operation,” Voleker said.

A big operation for a potentially big flood.

“The speed of the water that’s coming is going to pose a threat we didn’t have in ’93.”

For people with property in the area the rush is on to pack up and get out.

“It’s like we got to go now to get it done,” Farmer Tim Davis said.

Davis’ family farm sits beneath the Bois Brule Levee.

“[If the levee] busts and you only have a couple hours after that to do anything.”          

For now, crews are doing their best to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“We’re going to put up a good fight on this,” Voleker said.

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