Flooding forces Louisiana, Mo. to cancel fireworks

LOUISIANA, Mo. (KSDK) - Flooding on the Mississippi River has forced one Missouri town to postpone its fireworks show.

Louisiana was scheduled to have its fireworks show Friday night, but the river started to flood the community's fireworks launch pad.

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce met with the city and then decided to postpone the event.

"We decided better to be safe than sorry," said Louisiana Chamber Director Chris Koetters.

Some roads in Louisiana have already flooded too. Koetters said he didn't want people to put themselves in danger just to get to the local fireworks show.

Mayor Bart Niedner also said many people in town have had their minds elsewhere this week too. Louisiana's police chief passed away several days ago. He said many in the town are also trying to help the nearby town of Clarksville deal with even bigger flooding concerns.

"A lot of our residents are going down to Clarksville to help with that right now, to help with that volunteer effort," he said.

Koetters said the chamber will rescheduled its event for a later date in the year.


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