Big Lake Residents Wait for Floods
BIG LAKE, Mo. (AP) - Imminent flooding of the northwest Missouri village of Big Lake has chased more residents away from their lakeside homes as levees along the nearby Missouri River start giving way.
Some who are staying for now say their tense wait for the inevitable adds to their anger at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for what they say is mismanagement of the river. Juli and Steve Crenshaw say they'll stay until water comes up over local roads and threatens their ability to get to work.
The Crenshaws say flooding is a part of life for people in a floodplain. But instead of having one flood every eight to 10 years they say the floods are coming more frequently because the corps is waiting too late to take action to avoid them.