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Residents in Alexandria, Missouri wait for water to recede

“As water along the Mississippi River slowly recedes, communities along the river are patiently waiting for things to go back to normal.

Residents in Alexandria, Missouri, said they’re happy to have lived through another flood that was a threat to the entire town.

John Morrison lives along the Mississippi River in Alexandria, Missouri. He said the levee protects, what he calls the perfect place for his quiet and peaceful home.

“See, the birds are singing,” Morrison said.

He said he enjoys living along the river, as he was a commercial fisherman. However, he said it can get nerve racking.

“It’s nice when there’s no threat of a flood,” Morrison said.

As he looks at the levee that’s now three feet higher and surrounded by sandbags, he said this flood was different.

“This was pretty close to coming to a bad head,” Morrison said. “It was going to be bad. I figured it would, but the river started down and of course it broke in a lot of places. But we were lucky here, we survived so far, with no break in the levee.”

But not all residents are as protected as Morrison. Clark County Emergency Management Director Christopher Blomgren said the high water is leaving behind a lot of damage.

“There are some homes in both Alexandria in the levee district and further south that were affected,” Blomgren said. “Either they were displaced and couldn’t get to their homes anymore or they started getting water in basements and first floors.”

He said water was so high near Highway 61, that they raised the levee by three feet.

“Using sand, heavy equipment, especially bulldozers and plastic sheeting, we had to close off the rail line entrance, as well as shutting down 61 to put the levee across it as well,” Blomgren said.

Back at Morrison’s home, he said he’s grateful the community was able to come together to overcome another flood fight.

“The point is, you have to like it down here to live here,” Morrison said. “I like it because it’s quiet and peaceful and all the birds sing. But once water gets up there, it’s dangerous.”

The Clark County emergency management director plans to meet with officials from nearby levee districts on Monday to assess damage and put together a plan to fix and replace damage.

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