Clarksville holds celebration to thank 2008 flood fighters

Thursday, June 11, 2009 | 11:41 a.m. CDT

CLARKSVILLE — A year ago, hundreds of volunteers helped save the tiny town of Clarksville from the flooding Mississippi River.

As the anniversary of the flood arrives, the town is saying thanks.

A "Thank You Party" will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27 at Riverfront Park in downtown Clarksville.

Organizer Erin Garrison says there was no time for celebration last year after the successful effort to build a 12-foot-high sandbag levee along Front Street that protected downtown from the surging river.

The river level at Clarksville reached 36.7 feet on June 24, 2008, the third-worst flood in Clarksville history.


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