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Rural Missouri town keeping close eye on river levels

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ALEXANDRIA, Mo. (WGEM) -

 

Water isn't in the city right now, but the closure of US 61 is having a big impact here.  Many people take this route to get to work in Keokuk and now a five minute trip is closer to a 20 minute drive.  Despite the flooded highway, some residents say their concern isn't the Mississippi River. 

 

 

The Mississippi River is quickly surrounding businesses near Alexandria. Employees spent much of the day furiously packing inventory trying to make it out before floodwaters make it impossible.  But in the town of about 150, James and Darcie Mesecher said their concern is the Fox River on the west side of town. 

"The Fox River looks pretty high. And we're waiting just to see how high it's going to get. It looks like it did in 2010 slowly moving," they said.  

Three years ago, the Mesecher's lost their house when the Fox River flooded.  After renovating their home, their nervous again as they keep close tabs on what's happening.

"Losing sleep.  She was up all night off and on, she reads to keep awake. And we've been driving into town often and driving to the Fox River just to keep a close eye on it," said the Mesechers.  

The only thing protecting Kora Burgess from the flood is this levee.  She lives just on the other side and says she is shocked with how quickly the water came up.

"When I went to bed last night, this was all dry.  The road was open the highway was open and I wake up today and this is all under, half of my town is under and you go up on the highway and it's open and then the water's just cresting and it's just so quickly," Burgess said.  

But Alexandria Mayor Ronald Gates says he isn't too concerned. He sees this thing happen almost every year and he doesn't expect floodwaters from the Mississippi to reach the town.

"It would have to get up to 24 to 25 feet which would be 3 or 4 feet more than what they're predicting," Mayor Gates said. 

 

This highway will remain closed for the next couple days, until the Mississippi River goes down.

 

 

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