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Another levee breaksPosted Saturday, March 22, 2008, at 11:32 AM
A lone observer stands on the levee at the northermost edge of Crowley's Ridge, looking east over what used to be State Highway 0 to the tiny village of Painton. This photo was taken Saturday morning, March 22, 2008. The county road ends abruptly at the lower edge of the photo, having been completely washed out by the water. The area called "Old Field" is off to the left.
It's easy to take our system of levees for granted, as we travel past them to work and back, and it's a real shock when one of them breaks. I stood in amazement, a chilly wind whipping my face, as I saw a water channel wiping out the highway which I had traveled to work for 20 years. Missouri State Highway 0 is yet another route to be closed by this week's remarkable deluge of water.
The Perkins' Fire Department evacuated residents of Painton Wednesday evening, March 19, when the levee broke, but the residents returned to their homes later that night, and the water appears to be receding at this point. Fortunately, the Painton levee break seems to be affecting farm land, rather than homes, so, as such, the repair priority may be rather low.
In the meantime, the sunshine is a welcome relief.
From the sunny hills of Tillman, Mo., this is your rural NSC reporter, Madeline, hoping for a warm, dry Easter Sunday!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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