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Residents fed up with flooding due to make-shift bridge in Villa Ridge

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A make-shift bridge is causing the Pin Oak Creek to flood, forcing evacuations of Villa Ridge residents. A make-shift bridge is causing the Pin Oak Creek to flood, forcing evacuations of Villa Ridge residents.
VILLA RIDGE, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Residents of a Franklin County community were forced to evacuate during last week's storms when the Pin Oak Creek caused a Villa Ridge neighborhood to flood. Members of the neighborhood said a make-shift bridge over the creek is to blame and county executives reveal they did not approve the bridge.

Sandra Hosing said she and her family are moving out because the "terrifying" flood waters have surrounded her home three times since October and she is worried for the safety of her young children.

"It is a danger to our children. If we drop them, they would be swept away. It's terrifying," said Hosing, who is the mother of a three-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter.

Franklin County executives in the code enforcement office told News 4 the bridge over the creek was built without their approval and is causing the flood waters to rise faster.

"They can either redesign the current bridge and add to it, or they can replace it with a new bridge," said Scottie Meagan of Franklin County Planning and Zoning.

County executives said owners of the land have agreed to either replace the bridge or make it safer.
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