River Swallows Roads

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Saturday, May 26 2007 May 26, 2007 Saturday, May 26, 2007 10:00:46 PM CDT May 26, 2007 in News

A road that used to be Missouri 179, now it is a part of the Missouri River.

Most of the residents off of Missouri 179 gathered their belongings and left for higher ground.

But Carol Chase stayed in order to help others.

"We stayed here because there is a lot of people going through the water even when you tell them not to. Highway Department is out there telling people not to go anywhere, they went right passed them and ignored them," Chase explained.

Chase lived in the area during the flood of '93 where the water covered her home.

The flood only covered part of her mailbox.

Chase says there is a problem of gawkers coming to see the rising water.

"I came down and told them you want to be real careful because there are water moccasins going through the water way," Chase said.

They also come to cash in on another bumper crop: Worms.

Chase says she has had to tow more than one vehicle.

"I couldn't believe the faces they make as they keep going," Chase said.

MODOT supervisor Kerry Thompson says the department is doing everything they can to monitor the flood.

"Physically go in and look at the roads, said Thompson. "See which time it gets up to the roads edge. Then we start monitoring it closely, so we can be prepared, so we can be prepared to close it."

While everyone wants to see, some people take a safer approach.

"They're checking on us," said Chase.

Thompson predicts water in flood areas will recede around May 15 and 16 if the amount of rain stays the same.

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