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Resident along North River: "I've never seen it this high."


The rain has been falling basically non-stop for 36 hours in Northeast Missouri, where many roads are still covered with water.

Russell Kiel lives off the North River in Marion County and says he and his wife were up the majority of the night, slowly watching the river creep closer to his house.

"I've never seen it this high. My wife said she's never seen it this high and she's lived here all her life," said Kiel.

The sheer amount of rain and how fast it came down is what Kiel thinks led to the river overflowing its banks.

"I had about an inch of rain in my rain gauge this morning that I didn't dump and I dumped 6 inches out this morning," said Kiel.

Just across the street from Kiel, off Highway 168 near Palmyra, a family is trapped inside their home. Their driveway is completely underwater with no way in and no way out. However, family members say the family is not worried because they live on a hill.

"We've not participated in any evacuations in this area, as far as I'm aware," explained Sgt. Jeff Vantress, Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Vantress was stationed on Highway 168 Thursday morning as water continued to find its way onto the road.

"We're just basically here trying to keep the motorists safe as they're coming through," said Vantress. "We don't want somebody to come through at a high speed and have some other issues."

And like Kiel, Sgt. Vantress says this is something he's never seen before.

"It's continued to come up since I've been here," said Vantress. "It's starting to go down a little bit so hopefully we've seen the worst of what's to come down the river."

With more possible rain in the forecast, Kiel says all that's left to do now is wait.

"There's nothing you can do about it," said Kiel. "Just watch it come and go."

While Missouri State Highway Patrol is keeping an eye on driver's speed on slick roads, Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn says his main priority is watching water levels and how that could affect back roads.

"We're out there patrolling all the county roads, the gravel roads, and checking all them out to make sure that if any of them have water over them from the creeks and so forth, that we're contacting our highway department to get a sign out there so people don't drive through them and into a dangerous situation," said Sheriff Shinn.

If Marion County gets hit with more rain, Sheriff Shinn says they may have to shut down Highway 61, North of Palmyra and Highway 168 because of flood concerns.

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