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10:17 AM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) - The mayor of Clarksville is asking for volunteers to help fill sandbags to keep back the rising Mississippi River.

Clarksville is located about 75 miles north of St. Louis.

Volunteers should go to City Hall at 108 Howard Street. They will be dispatched to five locations to fill bags. No one will be turned away.

Volunteers will be needed through Saturday, and possibily longer, depending on conditions.

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Flood stage for Clarksville is 25 feet. The river was already over 30 feet by 6 a.m. Friday. The river is expected to reach major flooding levels (at least 33 feet) by the end of today. The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest at 35.7 feet early Monday morning. That would be the fourth highest level in recorded history. The record was sent in 1993 at 37.73 feet. 

At major flood level, the water would flood First Street which is where the post office, a lumber company, and several other businesses and residences are located.

The city typically uses a metal wall in flood situations, but it takes three days to set up, and they have to get a wall built before the water reaches Front Street.

PHOTOS: Clarksville, Mo. flooding

The mayor said they will use rock to build an eight-foot-tall wall, cover it with plastic and then place sandbags on top.

AmeriCorps is helping with flood relief and is in need of three to four inch high volume trash pumps with suction and discharge hoses. Anyone or any company that can help acquiring these pumps should call AmeriCorps in St. Louis at 314-772-9002.

The United Way has also gotten involved in assisting in sandbagging. They are calling for hundreds of volunteers to sign up to help. Volunteers must be older than 13, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To sign up through the United Way, visit their volunteer site.

The American Red Cross is serving sandwiches, drinks and snacks to volunteers.  The Red Cross has partnered with Southern baptist to provide meals Friday night.  Meals will continue to be available as long as there is a need.

Volunteers should wear close-toed shoes, rain gear, and warm layers. You should bring sturdy work boots or shoes, long pants, work gloves, a headlamp, and it's recommended you have an updated tetanus shot.


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