Businesses, homeowners in Pacific, Eureka not giving up without a fight

Record flooding expected in Pacific

PACIFIC, MO. - Flooding in Pacific and Eureka is approaching near record levels. Businesses and homeowners vowed not to give up on their belongings, though, without a good fight.

One of those business owners in Pacific spent hours trying to salvage his antique mall.

"I spent the whole night running pumps, trying to keep the water out,” explained Larry Mueller, who owns two businesses along East Osage Street — an antique mall and an auction house. Mueller waded through several feet of water to try to pull his products out of the floods.

"We thought we could save it, but finally that water is over-breaching everything and we're just kind of giving up,” he said.

There are about 8 homeowners in Pacific who have opted not to evacuate. Instead, they are waiting out the floods from their two-story apartment buildings or raised homes. Most all still have electricity, but are without sewage. Fire and rescue crews have been checking in with the homeowners by boat. They are all doing fine.

Others were preparing to leave, but trying to tend to their homes for as long as possible.

"I was hoping someone with a big pump would come and pump more water out but I can't wait forever," said Laura Frisella, whose home was just beginning to flood. Frisella had plans to stay with her boyfriend in Wildwood.

As of Tuesday night, the river level sat at 32.4 feet. The City's crest projection was 33.2 by 1 a.m. Wednesday. The city said it’s expecting another three or four inches of rain in the next 48 hours. This may cause additional flooding in low-lying areas, including Brush Creek, Thortan Branch, Wildhorse Creek, and a fourth creek, which sits just behind the McDonalds in Pacific.

The Fire Chief says he will be keeping a close eye on what this next system brings.

“How much rain is going to occur in the St. Claire, Rolla, Sullivan areas, because of all of that which eventually have to come through here,” said Pacific Battalion Chief, Gary Graf. Graf said it’s also important to note what’s happening down river when deciding how best to proceed.

For businesses trying to stay afloat amid high flood levels, they say they’ve done everything they can, but that you “can’t fight mother nature.”

“We give it our best, that's all you can really do in a situation like this," said Mueller.

VideoEureka residents trying to save what they can

 

In Eureka, police put out an urgent call for sandbagging help Sunday afternoon, but St. Louis County Police are now asking everyone to stay out of the area so that first responders, business owners, and home owners have enough space to work.
 
Volunteers filled and dispersed around 200,000 sandbags, which are being used as a wall in an attempt to protect businesses and homes from water damage. On Central Avenue in Old Town Eureka, water was seeping through the wall Tuesday. All day, volunteers pumped the water back over to the other side of the wall.
 
"I go to the high school and there was no school for the past two days so I figured I'd come out and help," volunteer Mary Gassner said. "I thought I'd be pretty sore but I'm not. I think it's the excitement of trying to help that's keeping us all going."

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