Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said that after communicating with the levee district they decided to allow businesses to reopen at their own discretion.
“It’s still a very serious situation, but the levee is currently stable,” said Shinn.
Shinn added that while businesses are reopening, residents are urged to stay out.
For drivers going through West Quincy, they’re glad the stores are re-opening.
“I was literally going to go to Hannibal, go out by Wal-Mart’s way to get to Hannibal just to get gas, but you know I tried this place first and saw it was open so it saved me a trip to Hannibal,” said Quincy Resident Richelle Bias, who bought gas from the Haymakers after it re-opened.
People like La Belle, Missouri resident Christina Stutsman and her husband had heard everything was closed, and when the drove by in the morning on their way to Quincy it was.
“Then on our way back we saw people stopping at Smokers’ Outlet, so we thought well might as well stop to get cigarettes then, so we did,” said Stutsman.