Festus residents evacuated as flood waters rise

9:47 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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By Talia Kaplan

FESTUS, Mo. (KSDK) - More than 200 people were encouraged to evacuate from Lakeside Manor in Festus as the neighborhood started flooding around 10 a.m. Residents had to walk through more than two feet of flood water and sewage to get to a safe area.

Around 4 p.m. Mapaville Fire and Rescue started knocking on doors to make sure everyone had evacuated.

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Firefighters say two families have decided to ride out the flooding and stayed inside their homes. Everyone else grabbed what they could and got out as quickly as possible.

Some areas now have up to three feet of water.

Firefighters now say their main concern is a levee next to a mobile home park, which if crested, could flood the area even more.

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Ameren was also called out to shut off electricity as a precaution, as they did in De Soto.

Most residents are now wondering what they will do. The American Red Cross has set up a shelter nearby at R-7 Middle School.

KSDK

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