By Tracy Clemons

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) - National Guard and AmeriCorps volunteers are still in Clarksville working to keep the floodwaters coming into the city streets under control.

Parts of the flood wall they built gave way, allowing water to get through. Crews put a wall inside the wall to reinforce it.

Mayor Jo Anne Smiley tells us in this flood fight, they've filled 500,000 sandbags and used over 8,000 tons of sand and rock. She says without those, the flood would have won.

The city is not out of the woods yet, but Mayor Smiley says the worst is over and they're glad it wasn't a repeat of the floods of '08. She credits the people who came from far and wide to help.

"The only way this community in particular survives these kinds of events is volunteer help because we've had more volunteers in town than we have people who live here," Mayor Smiley said. "And the people who live here are for the most part aged. We have a lot of elderly people who live in this community who are perfectly willing to help but can't do sandbagging and can't do this heavy lifting kind of thing."

Most of the businesses in town have been closed for several days. One that's stayed open is Clarksville Station restaurant. Its main entrance on Highway 79 is closed off because of flooding to a three mile stretch of the highway that runs directly in front of the restaurant.

The owner, Nathalie Pettus, says she had to build her own berms to protect her property because the city told her a few years ago that it couldn't protect her from flooding. She hopes the city puts something similar in place.

"Its poor little budget is so small," Pettus said. "They have a lot to protect in town. It's too bad that we don't have berms like this that are permanent in town so valuable resources can be put to other uses."

We also spoke to the owner of the Clarksville Antique Center. She says there's about four feet of water in the parking lot, but inside is completely dry.

The city is working to figure out the final cost of this flood. The floods of '08 cost about $550,000.

Mayor Smiley says she wouldn't be surprised if this flood was around the same amount.

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