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Canton city officials looking to future of levee at post-flood celebration

CANTON, Mo. – Residents came out to a chicken fry to celebrate getting through flooding unscathed and look to the future of the town’s flood protection Saturday.

“It’s a nice thing for the city to do for all the people who helped out volunteering to fight the flood,” resident Jerry Spurgeon said.

He said all the work that went into keeping the city safe is still something he thinks about.

“It came up on us really fast, we didn’t know if we would have the man power to stay ahead of it, and I guess the other thing is part of the levee is a little bit lower than the other,” Spurgeon said.

Canton mayor Jarrod Phillips said despite the celebration, concerns are still on the city’s mind.

“We have funding opportunities that we can get through the federal government to get us prepare in the future, so right now we’re in paper work mode,” Phillips said, talking about how they’re hoping to bring improvements to the levee like flood gates on unprotected roads.

“We’d like to see some better flood defenses, more permanent things put in place for those,” Phillips said.

Spurgeon said he’s glad the city is staying vigilant.

“It would be nice to see some improvements, anything that keeps us from having to sandbag as much next time,” said Spurgeon.

Phillips said clean up should wrap up before the end of Winter.

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Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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