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One year after historic flood, Arnold victims still recovering

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The Meramec crested at 47.2 feet, flooding about 100 homes in Arnold. (Credit: KMOV) The Meramec crested at 47.2 feet, flooding about 100 homes in Arnold. (Credit: KMOV)

ARNOLD (KMOV.com) – One year after historic flooding destroyed homes and businesses across the St. Louis regions, some are still cleaning up and trying to move on.

“It scares me, every time it rains,” said Stacy Robinson, who is still recovering from last December’s flood.

Her home was one of about 100 homes in Arnold that was flooded by the fast rising waters of the Meramec River.

The Meramec crested at 47.2 feet, higher than those living off Starling Airport Road expected, and despite sandbags, many homes were destroyed.

“We moved what we could up but it didn’t work,” Robinson said.

Robinson was one of the lucky ones, her home was saved but she lost everything in her basement after it filled with eight feet of water.

But in her neighborhood, houses remain abandoned, boarded up with ‘danger’ signs posted.

“We had neighbors, we had friends, and now they’re gone,” she said.

The City of Arnold applied for FEMA grants to get money for buyouts. They were turned down by one, another said only one home qualified. Some people plan to rebuild, others just walked away.

So while Robinson and other neighbors are working to get back to normal, the empty neighborhood homes are a daily reminder of the tragic floods of last year.

“I look at them every day,” she said. “Its a reminder of what mother nature can do.”

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