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Commerce families stick out flood, unprotected by levee

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Many folks in Commerce, Missouri have stayed in their homes during the flood, despite the town being unprotected by a levee.

After the flood of 1993, new homes in the floodplain were required to be at a certain elevation.

Marvin Neinhouse’s home was built in the late 90s, and is in accordance with the new codes.

“The water had just come up so fast, nobody had a chance to prepare for it.” Nienhause said.

Nienhause said he stayed in town in part to assist neighboring residents, who took on much more water.

“We were just boating back and forth.” he said. “Charging batteries, and helping anybody out that we could. Whatever we could do.”

There was a government buyout of the small town after the flood of 2011, but residents in nine homes refused.

All nine of those home were flooded on Sunday.

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