Clarksville Still Holding Against Flood

3 years 9 months 3 days ago April 20, 2013 Apr 20, 2013 Saturday, April 20 2013 Saturday, April 20, 2013 9:10:02 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - People in the eastern Missouri hamlet of Clarksville are getting a boost from the Missouri National Guard and even from prison inmates as they battle the surging Mississippi River.

The river is expected to crest nearly 11 feet above flood stage on Sunday at Clarksville, an unprotected town of 442 residents about 60 miles north of St. Louis. Residents and volunteers have built a makeshift levee made of gravel, plastic overlay and sandbags. On Saturday, attention turned to making sure the sandbag levee is sturdy enough to hold back the water.

Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to visit Clarksville later Saturday.

Photo courtesy of The People's Tribune. 

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