Flood Conditions Improve Along Gasconade River
OSAGE COUNTY-- Water levels dropped at Gasconade River Friday, but heavy floods near the Highway 89 overpass still left roads closed and kept some residents stranded in their driveways.
Carl Rhoads, who lives in a mobile home near the river, said he could finally reach his house by foot after originally boating to safety.
"I keep a boat in the basement," Rhoads said. "So when [the water] gets up too big, I just get out and paddle myself out."
Down the road, retired prison guard George Brellner said he empathized with his neighbors, many of whom also needed boats just to reach main streets. His brother, Ambrose, lives a few hundred feet from him. But that's on the other side of a creek and he needed an alternate route and four-wheel drive to leave the driveway.
"You can't get up there... unless you have a helicopter," Brellner said. "And he doesn't have that."
Rhoads said a similar flood in 2008 destroyed his old mobile home. After that disaster, he built an eight-foot basement, which helped his new trailer survive this week's floods.