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Flooding leaves Lexington, MO water source in harms way

Posted at 5:41 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 12:33:07-04

LEXINGTON, Mo. — Many people are experiencing a second punch from Mother Nature as flooding is, again, another concern for people along the Missouri River.

Kansas City has already broken a record for the wettest month ever and now towns downstream are preparing for more flooding.

In Lexington, more than 250 volunteers filled sandbags Wednesday. The volunteers were able to fill enough sandbags they were able to cancel their sandbag filling event on Thursday.

Lexington Mayor Fred Wiedner said more than 12,000 sandbags were filled and many of those are surrounding the city’s water plant down closer to the river.

Wiedner warned if the rising water floods the plant, the city could be without water for at least a month. This comes as the city is in the process of building a new plant using well water instead of river water.

“Our water plant was built 30 years before the Titanic sank, so that kind of puts it into perspective,” Wiedner said.

Because the town could be without water, Anheuser Busch donated more than 51,000 cans of water to the town.

“It happens," resident Jeff Oliaro said. "We’re kind of used to it but not to this scale."

“It’s unbelievable, it’s absolutely unbelievable," resident Amy Garlett said. "I mean there’s no words."

There’s concern with more rain in the forecast for the region and some levees breaching up north, the flooding will only continue to worsen.

The river is supposed to crest within the next couple days.