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La Grange are gearing up for round two of flooding


Unfortunately, the rising river is forcing some residents out of their homes for the second time in a month.

One community where people are already rushing to higher ground is LaGrange, Missouri.

Some home and business owners along the river have already moved their stuff out and evacuated.

But, one business owner says he's staying put and kept an extra layer of protection.

Donald Sherwood owns Antiques And More on the Main Street in LaGrange and made the decision to leave all of these sandbags around his shop from last month's flooding because he's all too familiar with how the river works.

"It's quick to come up and very slow to go down," said Sherwood.

Sherwood says he learned his lesson in 2008 when a second round of spring flooding hit his shop.

"Two to three weeks later it came back with vengeance and the water rose another six feet on top of what it was three weeks before that," said Sherwood.

Connie Tasco with the LaGrange Public Works Department says the second river rise isn't a surprise to the community, and they're ready when it comes.

"We weren't surprised that it came back up. We have sand bags that we give to people when they come to the maintenance building. Sand bags if they need it and we try to help people as much as we can."

Tasco says residents are prepared on a minute's notice during flooding season.

"Some have moved out and moved back in and we're hoping the water goes back down," said Tasco.

One of those places that has already moved out is the city's post office that abandoned it's riverside location temporarily and is operating out of this church up on the hill.

As waters continue to rise inch by inch, Shrewood says he's glad he kept the sandbags where they were at.

"We thought it made better sense. It was a lot of work getting enough help to put all these sand bags around the perimeter," said Sherwood.  

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