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Levasy flood cleanup still underway two months later

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 19:56:27-04

LEVASY, Mo.  — It's been nearly two months since two levees breached in Levasy, Missouri, leaving the city underwater.

There's still plenty of clean up and work left to be done after the historic flood.

On Saturday, local volunteers showed up to help the local church.

Jeanne Lischer, Pastor of Ebenezer Church of Christ, showed 41 Action News what's left of her church. The pews, kitchen and bathrooms were all torn up to clean out the mold and residue the flood waters left behind.

Ten inches of flood water rushed into the church on June ,1 and nearly two months later, the clean up process began as about 30 volunteers took out dry wall and got the mold out of the church.

"It's pretty devastating because flood leaves a mark and it's a mark that's full of decay, it's full of mold, it's full of a lot of things," said volunteer and member of the church, Michael Welch.

Lischer's house next door is also empty, as she had to move out to clean up the place.

"It's just devastating, it's just heartbreaking," she said.

Many who live in Levasy hope a flood like this one never happens again.

"The ultimate fear is once it floods, it will flood again," Welch said.

The church is holding services in Buckner. It's unclear whether the church will rebuild in its current spot or somewhere else in Levasy.

This week, FEMA was in Jackson County helping flood victims get Federal aid.