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Ralls Co. residents sandbagging own homes to protect from flood waters

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RALLS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) - Missouri residents in Ralls County put in sandbags to protect their homes from the rising Mississippi River.

Jeff Jackson put sandbags around his house all day Saturday and says he knows the water's going to get to his house unless he protects it. 

"The water's not going to do me any damage with the sandbags around. But without them, I'd have to do the whole inside and appliances too, so I'd rather put in a little time and effort into trying to save it," Jackson said.

The flooded Mississippi River is just feet away from his house, but Jackson is protecting himself with 400 sand bags while he stays put.  Ralls County Emergency Management Director Bill Bowman said the last time he saw residents sandbagging their own homes was in 2008.

Bowman said he expects the river to rise another foot in the area, but anything can happen.

"It's supposed to crest lower than expected, but then again it could rise up in the next two or three days higher than it is now," he said.

Bowman says he can't force anyone out of their homes, but he asks everyone to keep a close eye on the river and leave if necessary.

If you need any assistance whether it's getting out of your driveway or needing help with sandbagging your home, Bowman says to call the Ralls County Sheriff's office.

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