CLARKSVILLE, MO (KMOX) – Under battleship grey skies which threaten to pour more rain into the flooded Mississippi River, volunteers in Clarksville, Missouri are scrambling to erect a wall of sandbags high enough to prevent flooding of the riverfront town.
“Without volunteers, we won’t make it,” Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said Friday.
Smiley has asked Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to call in the Missouri National Guard to aid in sandbagging efforts. Those troops are expected to arrive around 5:30 Friday night. Smiley also welcomes any other volunteers who want to aid in the effort.
When National Guard troops arrive, they will work alongside, among others, a dozen prisoners from Bowling Green Prison. The city’s streets are lined with piles of sandbag which are being scooped into bags and placed along the riverfront.
By Sunday the river is expected to crest at 35.7 ft., ten feet above flood stage. Smiley says they are fighting to save businesses, including a post office which will not be rebuilt if it is flooded, along with five historic homes.
Further down the river lie the towns of Foley and Winfield. Above 150 people in low-lying areas in the two towns face flooding. No sandbagging effort is underway in the two towns but many residents have evacuated.