Geneva homeowners begin flood cleanup

Water from Gray’s Creek has receeded in Cindy Anderson’s back yard to the point it’s almost out of her yard. She and her neighbors had water in their yards, but didn’t face basement flooding or sewage backups.

Water from Gray’s Creek has receeded in Cindy Anderson’s back yard to the point it’s almost out of her yard. She and her neighbors had water in their yards, but didn’t face basement flooding or sewage backups. Photo by Gerry Tritz.

Several homeowners along Geneva Street are breathing a sigh of relief as waters recede from the flooded Gray’s Creek in their backyards.

“It’s all good now,” said Cindy Anderson, who lives at 1006 Geneva St.

The low-lying area is off Missouri 179 behind Wesley United Methodist Church.

A couple days ago, she was preparing to move Christmas decorations and other items from her backyard shed beside her house. Water had crept up past her backyard fence, across her swing set and to the edge of the shed.

Now, her primary concern is washing the sediment and slime off her grass to keep it alive. A light rain probably would suffice.

“I don’t want a rain like we had Friday, mind you. That was unreal,” she said.

But she hasn’t had sewage backups or flooded basement problems.

Over the weekend, she and other neighbors sandbagged to help neighbors two houses down from her, where water was lapping close to the back door. The city provided the sand and bags.

This flood was hardly a bother compared with the Flood of 1993. Anderson didn’t live in her house at the time, but she was told that water was a foot above her raised deck in the back.

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