Flood buyout costs skyrocket

National News

May 28, 2019 - 10:09 AM

1000 Street remains under water this morning, both north and south of U.S. 54 west of Iola this morning, much as it has been for the past several days, following repeated drenchings of torrential rains.

MOSBY, Mo. (AP) — The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture.

Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and television. He’s torn up water-buckled floorboards. And he put a picket fence against the front of his house to cover up a gap left when waters washed out part of the stone foundation.

“I just don’t want to mess with it anymore. I’m 83 years old and I’m tired of it, and I just want to get out of it,” Sullivan said.

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