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All ages welcome as Missouri town fights to hold off river

Posted: 5:02 PM, Mar 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-05 14:12:45-04

CRAIG, Mo. — As residents of Craig, Missouri race to brace their town against the flood waters from the Missouri River, any help - from all ages - is appreciated.

That group included Ellie Hare, a 7-year-old who is determined to help.

"It's really hard, I'm starting to get really tired," Ellie said as she helped to load sandbags Tuesday.

Ellie is from a town just a few miles away, volunteering along side her home-schooled friends and their families.

Craig is currently blocked off because of the flooding. The Highway Patrol has to guide those wanting to reach the town.

Ellie says she wanted to fill every bag she could get her hands on.

"About 20," Ellie said when asked how many bags she had done, though none of them she's big enoug to lift.

"It weighs more than my bed," Ellie said.

Ellie wasn't alone in the effort.

Bently Wright, 13, was also on the front lines Tuesday.

His worry about people in town was enough for him to grab a shovel to help keep others safe.

"I hope they are being helped because some of them could be homeless after this," Bently said.

As for Ellie, she is happy just to help someone.

"It just feels so amazing that I'm out here to help and that my parents allowed it," Ellie said.