Levee Breach Dooms Tiny African-American Community

7 years 1 month 2 days ago Sunday, June 19 2011 Jun 19, 2011 Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:29:32 PM CDT June 19, 2011 in News
Source: Jamie Goncalves
By: Associated Press

PINHOOK (AP) - Residents of a tiny eastern Missouri village comprised mainly of African-Americans say they won't be going back after flooding severely damaged their homes.

Only about 30 residents of what once was a town of more than 250 still lived in Pinhook when the decision was made last month to blow up the Birds Point levee.

The Southeast Missourian reports residents packed up and left before the floodwaters came, but they won't be going back after assessing the damage caused by the flood.

Pinhook Mayor Debra Tarver says residents want the government to move them as a unit to a different location in Mississippi County. A state representative from nearby East Prairie says he doesn't think that's going to happen.

Tarver says residents are tired of living in fear of flooding.

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