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Valley Park residents allowed back in their homes on city's 100th anniversary

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The streets of Valley Park have been relatively empty as floodwaters rose. Credit: KMOV The streets of Valley Park have been relatively empty as floodwaters rose. Credit: KMOV

VALLEY PARK, Mo. (KMOV) – Residents of Valley Park were allowed back into their homes Friday morning.

“It has been very quiet. People with dogs seem to stay because there were a lot of dog walkers around,” said Joyce Timmons. 

Timmons was one of the few people in one Valley Park neighborhood out and about Thursday. She did not have to leave because her house is located on a hill.

“It looks a little freighting but having been through it in ‘15, I think I was more prepared along with everyone,” she said. 

Nearly 2,000 people were forced to evacuate parts of Valley Park. 

“I am not used to this. I am from the city, so it is kind of shocking,” said Jarille Lewis.

Thursday, Mayor Michael A. Pennise told News 4 people would be allowed back in their homes Friday around 8 a.m.

When residents were allowed back in Valley Park, Pennise sent out the following statement:

To the residents and businesses of Valley Park: Welcome Back! Thank you for your patience and understanding during the flood crisis.

Please be advised that the levee and the levee trail will remain closed until further notice. We are asking that people stay away from the levee area.

On a historic note, today is the 100th anniversary of the City of Valley Park.

The St. Louis County West County Precinct could be online again soon as well. 

“Everything was terrific. Without a unified effort, working around the clock, I do not think we are celebrating this small victory here,” said Officer Benjamin Granda. 

VIDEO: Inside St. Louis County West County Precinct after floodwaters receded

The precinct took on massive amounts of water. But this year it appeared to hold up. 

“It’s nothing like 2015 and again, it’s all that unified effort,” said Granda. 

Looking ahead to the weekend, St. Louis County Police are asking for volunteers to come down to their precinct to help with cleanup. Many businesses could re-open over the weekend.

While 141 at 44 remains closed, Pennise said he hopes the water will be down early next week, allowing MoDOT to inspect the roadways.

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