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Monkey Run prepares for another flood

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Residents in the northeast Missouri riverside community of Monkey Run are no strangers to flooding and once again find themselves preparing for the worst.

Charles Golian has already started his flood preparation check list as waters start to creep toward his home.

"We put the freezer and stuff in the basement on concrete blocks so it's about eight or nine inches tall and we pump," Golian said.

Golian says it's just part of living in Monkey Run.

"Anything we want to save, we put on shelves," Golian said.

Linda Daniels lives down the road from Golian and says fortunately her home sits up high enough that it doesn't flood, but she encounters other problems.

"Once it gets too high to travel on it, then you have to take other means to get out to the highway," Daniels said.

For Daniels, those other means are an elaborate obstacle course just to get to Highway 79.

"You would take the boat actually with paddles, doesn't even have a motor and paddle it to a higher point on Monkey Run Trail which we call the wedding trail," Daniels said.

But when flooding gets bad, Daniels' commute to work doesn't end there.

"We can get on a tractor because it's lower here than it is up there and we can take the tractor all the way to 79," Daniels said.

Daniels says it's a price she pays for living on the Mississippi River.

"It's just a routine that you have to put up with  in the spring sometimes when it does flood."
 
Other residents say they're staying put even if it floods. They are just moving some things to higher ground so they don't get destroyed.
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