Hartsburg prepared for river flooding

Residents say some businesses already suffering effects before water even arrives

Dotty Manns, owner of Dotty’s Cafe in Hartsburg, talks about the impact of the possible impending flood. She says many people think the area is already flooded and are staying away.

Dotty Manns, owner of Dotty’s Cafe in Hartsburg, talks about the impact of the possible impending flood. She says many people think the area is already flooded and are staying away. Photo by Julie Smith.

HARTSBURG, Mo. — As this small river town braces for possible flooding, the rising Missouri River has already taken a toll on some of its residents.

The economy of the town, known by many as the host of the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin festival or a quaint stop along the Katy Trail, relies on tourism and farming.

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“I have a bed and breakfast, and 99.9 plus percent of my business comes from the Katy Trail,” said Jeanette Crawford, owner of the Globe Hotel, a local bed and breakfast. “When the water’s over the trail, they’re not coming.”

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