Poplar Bluff Flood Victims Recall Flooding, Relief Fund Started

Poplar Bluff, MO (KAIT)- Neighbors describe a big wave of water coming at them, caused by an overflow of the Black River, which sits just yards away from their front doors.

Jonathan Cheshire describes running from the flood waters as they barreled through a broken levee just a couple of hundred yards away from his home.

"We were running through the field," said Cheshire. "I had my little brother on my shoulders."

A 15-foot hole now serves as a reminder of his family's escape from the rising waters.

Nikki Collins lives just right down the road from him on County Road 607.

She's now dealing with $5,000 worth of damage to her home.

"I could hear the water," Collins said. " It was coming so quick."

There's a relief effort underway to help flood victims like Cheshire and Collins.

Anyone wanting to donate money or food should drop it off at any Sterling Bank location.

There will be a silent auction this Fri. and Sat. from 2-10 p.m. at the River Radio Station, Pine St., Poplar Bluff, MO.

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