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Residents watch flood waters on both sides of Mississippi

(WGEM) — On both sides of the Mississippi people are watching the water creep closer to their homes and businesses..

People along the river are moving their belongings out of the lower levels of their homes and watching carefully. For some, flooding could mean missing out on big business in the coming weeks, for others, well they never got done cleaning up what the last flood left behind.

“Well it’s like we did in the spring, every day we get up and watch river gauges and see what that water’s going to do,” said Owner of The Dock and Driftwood Campground on the Quincy Riverfront Denise Brown, adding that while some of her neighbors are packing, she’s not worried yet.

She said as long as the water doesn’t get up above 23 feet, she’s looking forward to good business next weekend.

“That’s a huge weekend, it’s Tindusters here in Quincy and my campground is filled up with those guys, and that’s a big event for Quincy so hopefully that water will stay down,” said Brown.

On the other side of the Mississippi in LaGrange Missouri, people are still dealing with the damages from flooding earlier this year.

“That’s the way it happens, we’re kinda lulled into complacency, ‘oh it’s gonna go back down’ but then it doesn’t,” said LaGrange resident Daniel Rhew.

Rhew said his neighbors leave piles of water damaged items at the curb every time there’s pick up for larger garbage. For him, he’s still cleaning away mud and tearing out moldy insulation.

“It might be an expensive winter if I can’t get some insulation in here,” said Rhew, adding that he applied for assistance, “but the fema organization denied my claim, I’m working on an appeal.”

Both Rhew and Brown said in the coming days, they’ll be watching the river levels closely.

“Right now it’s saying 20.3 by next week, we’re safe at both businesses, we’ll just have to see what it does up north and go day-by-day,” said Brown.

Brown also said at 23 feet water gets over the road to her campground, and at 25 feet water starts getting into the dock.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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