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Levasy, Missouri, residents on standby as they wait for waters to recede

Posted at 8:30 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 09:30:09-04

LEVASY, Mo. — People in Levasy, Missouri, are waiting to hear when they can go back to their homes.

The water is slowly receding, but there is still a lot of high water in several areas of the small town.

Connor Manning and Rachel Hanley are new to the area. They moved to Levasy about two months ago from California.

Right now they have two of their pets staying in a shelter the American Red Cross has set up at the United Methodist church in Buckner, Missouri.

"They understand what's going on too, they have feelings too, and so it's great that we can still keep our animals safe even though they don't have somewhere to go," Hanley said.

They said it's been a long process trying to get into a routine as they wait to get inside their home.

"It's been kind of hard realizing like, all of your stuff is literally in water, like floating around just kind of basically being destroyed," Hanley said. "We're going through it. We have my sister, my mom and dad and we've got all of our animals safe and so, you know, we can only pray that the water doesn't do too much damage so then we can salvage some stuff."

Hanley and Manning are expecting their first child in less than two months. The new baby items and clothes they bought, they fear are now destroyed from the flooding.

Wilbur Woodard, who's lived in Levasy since he was 18, said he's trying to make the most out of a bad situation.

"I've been having fun hanging out at the rest stop in Concordia, I'm going to spend a little time down here. I'm going to make it kind of like a 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' vacation," Woodward said. "I've been going fishing too, I'm enjoying myself, you know, like I said, if all you had was lemons, make lemonade."

Woodward said he doesn't plan on moving from the town he calls home.

"If you've got a muscle, flex it. That's the way I feel about life. I'll flex my muscle, I'll repair my damage, just like I always have," Woodward said. "Everybody needs to work together, everybody needs to try to help each other as best they can, pray with Jesus and I'm going fishing."

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