Water rising: Smaller towns watch river, wait
Sunday, June 19, 2011
For residents of Bonnots Mill and Chamois, uncertainty about possible flooding along the Missouri River keeps residents wondering what will take place in the days and weeks to come.
“No one knows what’s going to happen,” John Bowen said.
Bowen owns Bonnots Mill Mercantile and Johnny Mac’s Bar & Grill. While he doesn’t expect his shop or restaurant to flood, his home is in a different situation.
Specific projections aren’t made for Bonnots Mill, so residents have to average the projected river heights between Jefferson City and Chamois. Residents are expecting the river to rise to between 27 and 35 feet, and for Bowen, that is the difference between having only a few inches or eight feet of water in his basement.
Some Chamois residents have completely moved out of their homes while others are moving photos and other important belongings to family and friends’ houses.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ameren UE and the city of Chamois fire department were all present during a recent town meeting and briefed residents on procedures if flooding does happen. They told residents to have a bag packed in case of an evacuation.
Diana Bogle and other residents of Chamois check the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website from the National Weather Service to stay up-to-date on the river levels.
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