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The rain came, now the flooding

Wednesday, May 9, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Bryan Tisdale, right, a volunteer for the Warrensburg Fire Department, hands a sandbag to Ryan Stoneciphe-Fisher, center, who will then pass it to Dave Morgenstern, also with the Fire Department. The men are building a wall of sandbags Tuesday to protect a Rocheport house from the rising water of the Missouri River.

Many Mid-Missourians were preparing for flood waters with sandbags or by heading for higher ground Tuesday, as the Missouri River continued to rise. The National Weather Service is predicting flood levels approaching 1993 levels for many areas of the state. Photographers Steve Remich and Aaron Rosenblatt covered two communities readying for the waters.

A Rocheport baseball field is flooded by the rising Missouri River.
Rodney O' Neil, of Rocheport, puts a zip-tie around a sandbag while helping to fill and distribute sandbags Tuesday in Rocheport.
Randy Stevens, left, manager of Post Office Operations in Hartsburg, discusses mail scenarios with Hartsburg Mayor Nancy Grant on Tuesday.
A dump truck pours sand that the Boone County Fire Protection District and volunteers will use to fill sandbags to protect homes and property Tuesday in Rocheport.
Kilfoil moves furniture to higher ground Tuesday in Hartsburg. His mom has lived in Hartsburg for more than 20 years.
Mike Kilfoil, left, helps his mother, Jeanette Crawford, owner of Globe Hotel Bed & Breakfast in Hartsburg, move furniture to a higher location Tuesday.
Volunteers on Tuesday move empty sandbags so dump trucks can leave sand to fill the bags.
Jason Oliver, of the Boone County Fire Protection District, holds a pole to help a surveyor measure the elevation of John Miller's shed in Rocheport. During the 1993 flood, waters flooded this shed. Oliver and his colleague, Johnathan Nierling, surveyed locations along the Katy Trail, which runs parallel to the Missouri River in Rocheport, to determine their risk of another flood.

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Eric Niewoehner May 9, 2007 | 1:16 p.m.

I specifically recall the house in Rocheport in 1993. I was part of the team which assembled a large barrier around the house during the middle of the night.

I'll be coming into Columbia this week to visit family. Looks like I will have to roll up my sleeves and give a helping hand.

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