More prepare for flooding in Jefferson County as water levels ri - KMOV.com

More prepare for flooding in Jefferson County as water levels rise

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(Photo Credit: Karin Birmingham-Carter) Volunteers worked to fill sandbags in Herculaneum Friday (Photo Credit: Karin Birmingham-Carter) Volunteers worked to fill sandbags in Herculaneum Friday
(Photo Credit: Karin Birmingham-Carter) Volunteers worked to fill sandbags in Herculaneum Friday (Photo Credit: Karin Birmingham-Carter) Volunteers worked to fill sandbags in Herculaneum Friday
(Photo Credit: Karin Birmingham-Carter) Volunteers worked to fill sandbags in Herculaneum Friday (Photo Credit: Karin Birmingham-Carter) Volunteers worked to fill sandbags in Herculaneum Friday
HERCULANEUM (KMOV.com) -

There are fears in Herculaenum that a flooded creek will threaten an AmVets Post.

Lots of rain and the rising water along Joachim Creek has residents worried that AmVets Post 42 may be flooded out, something that happened in 2013.

“Everything was floating in here, we lost a lot of the good stuff down here,” said AmVet member Popeye Bequette.

Flooding on Joachim Creek has already forced one road to close and debris to pile up on the Highway 67 bridge that spans over the creek.

“Most of the flooding here on the creek has been due to backwater from the Mississippi River,” said Herculaneum City Administrator Jim Kasten.

Sandbags are being placed near AmVets Post 42 to protect the post. Volunteers are slated to fill the sandbags on Friday.

“We could have as many as 20, 25, students from the school. We have summer school PE class and PE teachers will be bringing them down,” Kasten said.

Many residents in Crystal City and Festus are also worried about flooding. Behind the area's Walmart, sits the levy protecting the two towns. It previously broke, requiring millions of dollars' worth of repairs.

“Around that time it slid and since then the Army Corps of Engineers came down we've had it repaired. We have no issues with it now,” said Crystal City Street Supervisor Karry Friedmeyer.

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