Flood Waters Continue To Creep Into Clay, Southern Butler County

Poplar Bluff, MO (KAIT)- "Devestated. I've cried, I've laughed, anything you can imagine. It's horrible," said Gayla Allison, who owns the Black River Truck and Auto Repair Shop in northeastern Poplar Bluff.

Now she watches as the business she built from the group up is taken under by flood waters.

"You watch it and you're helpless. You can't get it, you can't do anything," she said.

Her situation is like many others in the area, with homes and businesses under up to 8 feet of water. All they can do is wait for the waters to recede.

"The force of the water itself can be very dangerous not only to yourself, but the people you're trying to rescue," said Missouri State Water Patrolman, Steve Roberts.

Roberts says there's one common misconception people have about flash floods that can be deadly.

"People think that when the water rises that it's like a dripping faucet, that you have time to prepare, which is totally wrong," said Roberts.

Allison says she waded through 5 feet of water trying to salvage whatever she could from those treacherous waters, but now, only time will tell just how much she's lost.

"We just have to sit back and we have to wait. We just have to trust in God that he's going to get us through this," she said.

A few hundred yards away from her business, the Mt. Calvary Powerhouse Church fared much better.

"All night long we were just praying that it wouldn't come in," said Pastor Ron Webb.

With water just six inches away from his church, Webb now rejoices in the fact his church was saved.

"We received a miracle, the church on the hill, I was reminded of the scripture, blessed is he who builds his house up on the rock."

On total, 136 water rescues were conducted by the Missouri State Water Patrol. The US Coast Guard also assisted in helicopter rescues of 10 people in Neelyville, just southeast of Poplar Bluff.

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