National Guard Checks Homes as Residents Remain Evacuated

7 years 3 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, April 27 2011 Apr 27, 2011 Wednesday, April 27, 2011 11:01:00 PM CDT April 27, 2011 in Continuous News
By: Theo Keith and Jessica Smith
loading

POPLAR BLUFF — National Guardsmen checked homes for residents stranded by rising flood waters Wednesday, as local authorities remained unsure about when people would be allowed back into their neighborhoods.

The flooding has forced thousands of people across the region out of their homes, and Wednesday was the eighth consecutive day of rain in Poplar Bluff. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, visited the Red Cross shelter in the city, where 319 evacuees slept overnight. The Black River has topped levees in dozens of places in Poplar Bluff, angering residents.

"The needs in this state alone, in terms of water projects, drainage, levees — it is a large, large price tag," McCaskill said. "We are heading into lean times for the federal government."

There were no new levee breaches Wednesday, and the Black River had crested. A nearby relief lake, Lake Wappapello, may top its boundaries by Friday, affecting people in out-county areas, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said. As of Wednesday morning, there was timeline for allowing residents back into their homes in the southern part of the city, population 17,000. Forecasters expect more rainfall in the area.

"Over the past four days, we've received more than 20 inches," said Jeff Rolland, Poplar Bluff's deputy police chief. "Another three to four inches would be just catostrophic for us."

About 100 miles to the east in Mississippi County, National Guardsmen went door-to-door to make sure residents who stayed behind were OK. While hundreds of Poplar Bluff residents were required to evacuate, those in Mississippi County were not.

One of the Guardsmen was Spec. Ramon Crayton. The St. Louis resident would be in chemistry class at St. Louis Community College, had Gov. Jay Nixon not activated the Guard. Instead, he was patrolling an area near East Pointe, a town south of Interstate 57.

"Most people are as concerned for their safety as we are," Crayton said. "But the ones who stayed behind are pretty confident."

There are 530 Guardsmen in southeast Missouri, a spokesman said.

Emergency crews have rescued at least 60 people across the region from rising flood waters. Hundreds of roads remain closed, with new problems arising. Between late Tuesday and midday Wednesday, water overtopped the westbound lanes of Highway 60, the main route between Poplar Bluff and Sikeston. The state Transportation Department piled sandbags to keep water off the eastbound lanes and keep traffic flowing.

The Red Cross said fewer evacuees, about 275, would stay in the shelter overnight as they find friends and family to assist them. Residents said they're proud the way their community has come together, even with all the water.

"People uniting together, it's a beautiful thing," said Charles Thompson, who was forced out of his home Tuesday and was staying in the shelter. "Hopefully this will bring a lot of people together and, after this, they'll stay together.

"There doesn't have to be a disaster to bring people together."

For KOMU's coverage of the floods from Tuesday, click here.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
KINGDOM CITY- The Fire Fighters Memorial Foundation of Missouri will honor three firefighters who died in the line of duty.... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:53:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three people killed and the two... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children in Columbia have a chance to get paid to play. Columbia Parks and Recreation started its... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:23:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 90 people showed up at the Burr Oak Brewery for an afternoon of puppies, yoga and beer... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Although it is nowhere near Halloween, some Columbia runners faced their fears by participating in a zombie-themed 5K... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia has been ranked a top-ten affordable college town to live in by realtor.com. Factors... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is above flood stage at several northeast Missouri locations, but forecasters do... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:29:44 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- And they're married! Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle were wed Saturday at Windsor... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The United states is experiencing one of the lowest birth rates in 30 years, according to the Centers for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 9:08:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Josh Hawley says attorneys helping Gov. Eric Greitens through impeachment proceedings are acting improperly. "By... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The annual Backyard Concert Series kicks off Saturday evening at the Jefferson Landing Historic site. Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:45:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY –Missourians will soon be able to keep a little more money from their paychecks, after a state House... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:33:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
MADISON (AP) — A Columbia man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for a shooting death... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:40:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
WARSAW (AP) — Authorities say the police chief of a western Missouri town was wounded after a 16-year-old boy shot... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:24:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approved tax cuts for both individuals and corporations Friday and sent a gas-tax... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Local veterans return home from combat having experienced things average citizens could not even imagine. Douglas Wilbur,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:17:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A permanent fix begins this weekend on a main Jefferson City road that has been bogged down... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 3:58:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
7am 63°
8am 66°
9am 67°
10am 69°