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PHOTO GALLERY: Going with the flow: Mokane, Mo. residents living alongside rising floodwaters

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PHOTO GALLERY: Going with the flow: Mokane, Mo. residents living alongside rising floodwaters

Members of the Mokane community gather at the Veterans Post#153 to spend time with family and friends on Friday. Mokane residents and people from outside the community came together on May 21st to starts building concrete and double sandbagged wall to prevent water flooding. 

From left, Randal Hickman, Ryan Elder, and Eric Bryne enjoy a beer on the porch

From left, Randal Hickman, Ryan Elder, and Eric Bryne enjoy a beer on the porch of American Veterans Post #153 on Friday in Mokane. Hundreds of people came together throughout the past weeks to build a wall of sandbags and concrete to prevent further flooding. "We couldn't have done it without the community," said Dale Laughlin, who's lived in Mokane since 1957.

Gavin Vaughn, 2, hugs his sister Kinslee, 5, on Friday on the porch of American Veterans Post #153

Gavin Vaughn, 2, hugs his sister Kinslee, 5, on Friday on the porch of American Veterans Post #153 in Mokane. Children from around the area had been coming to see the flood waters. "They want to play in it, but we won't let them," said their father, Tyler Vaughn.

Concrete walls with sandbags on both sides were built to protect Mokane

Concrete walls with sandbags on both sides were built to protect Mokane from flood waters outside of American Veterans Post #153. The community started putting the wall up on May 21st. They had roughly 30-40 people come to help sandbag through Thursday. The water was about four feet deep on June 7.

Danny Lamons drinks a beer with friends and community members after checking water pumps

Danny Lamons drinks a beer with friends and community members after checking water pumps on Friday outside of American Veterans Post #153 in Mokane. A Facebook post brought together members of the community and people from as far as Mexico, Missouri, to help sandbag. "Everybody worked in unison. Everyone's someone's kin around here," said Lamons. The water pumps are placed along the dry side of the sandbag walls to remove water that has seeped through and pump it back to the flooded side.

Heather Vaughn holds her kids, Alexis, 8, Gavin, 2, while sitting outside with friends

Heather Vaughn holds her kids, Alexis, 8, and Gavin, 2, while sitting outside with friends on Friday on the porch of American Veterans Post #153 in Mokane. Members of the community filled the veterans post that doubles as a bar on Friday night.

Angelique Hawkins smokes a cigarette

Angelique Hawkins smokes a cigarette on Friday inside the bar of American Veterans Post #153 in Mokane. "We're all regulars here. This is our little watering hole," said Lance Clingman. "We aren't friends, we're family."

Tracey Hoffmann and Dennis Hoffmann kiss

Tracey Hoffmann and Dennis Hoffmann kiss on Friday in Mokane, Missouri. Dennis owns Hoffmann's Lawn Care and Small Engine Repair, which was almost entirely underwater as of Friday. He had to move out two days prior. Dennis has been in Mokane for roughly 13 years and according to Dennis, they've "never had water in the building, but it's in there now." Dennis plans to continue running his business as much as he can. He was called on Saturday to make repairs on a lawn mower for a women in her late 70s.

  • Antranik Tavitian is a first-year photojournalism graduate student at the University of Missouri. He is a first-gen Armenian-American born in Los Angeles. His work focuses on the intersection of social issues, ethnicity, and identity.

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