Residents prepare for rising Mississippi River water

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People with property and those with businesses along the Mississippi are gearing up for rising flood waters in the coming days.

Paige Mitts and her husband Greg have lived in a house on the Mississippi River for almost ten years.

“Over the years we’ve kind of gotten a system down. We know the water is coming,” said Paige. “We launch into high gear and we get everything packed up and everything moved out that needs to be moved out.”

Preparing for the River levels to rise yet again is part of everyday life for the Mitts.

“I have a record on my phone of each level of the water and what it means. When does it get into the driveway, when does it get into the screen porch downstairs,” she said.

They’ve already cleared out the bottom level of their home because by the middle of next week, their driveway will be underwater.

“We got a little boat, we carry ourselves back and forth and everything works from there.”

But the mitts say a predicted crest of 22.1 feet is not that big of a worry.

“It’s really the cost of living in paradise. We love where we live. We love being down on the water,” said Paige.

Instead, they’re focused on a couple weeks down the line where they say early predictions have water levels at 27 feet

“We have a lot of concrete blocks that we’re going to put things on. It’s just a different year because we have the expectation that we’re probably going to have water in the house,” she said.

Water in the house is something the Mitts said they’ve never dealt with in the ten years they’ve lived along the river.

The river is expected to crest around 22.1 feet next Tuesday.

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Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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