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Flooding still a major threat for tri-state residents

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Daniel Bowen says his home in the village of Monkey Run just south of Hannibal is great for fishing and it's a tight knit community, but he says when heavy rains come it can be a mess.

"It floods out the area behind me. It floods out and a little bit of severe weather Highway 79 will close," said Bowen.

Highway 79 is the shortest path into Hannibal so when flooding closes it down, like this week, it can be challenging for residents.

"When we go to town we get everything in one shot instead of making multiple trips," said Bowen.

And Highway 79 isn't the only road in Ralls County to be shut down because of water. Highway E, just off of 79, was also recently closed near the lock and dam because of the potential danger.

"If you get caught in the water you put yourself at risk and also the emergency responders that are responding to help you out also at great risks for their lives too," said Ralls County Emergency Management Director Bill Bowman.

Daniel Bowen says residents here are used to the flooding and are prepared if it overtakes their village.

"Several residents here in the neighborhood will leave and stay else places in town," said Bowen.

Bowen says they even use boats to get to and from their homes when flooding gets really bad, but he says it's not that big of an inconvenience.

"It's just a small price of living here," said Bowen.

Ralls County Emergency Management Director Bill Bowman says they are not planning any evacuations as of yet, but he wants to again remind residents not to drive on water-covered roads because it can be very dangerous.

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