No Holiday For Flood Victims

The Cottonwood community north of Blair hopes that the Washington County Emergency Management will help find a way to fix the entrance to the neighborhood. A 50 foot wide gouge has been cut Ianthe road by the flooded Missouri.

Several residents made their way through a muddy farm field to assess damage and start clean-up. Terri Jensen and her daughter Kelsey found the family’s $70,000 cabin filled with mud and mold. Tears in her eyes Terri said, “There are a lot of good memories in this place and now it’s going to have to be torn down.”

Like many of the homeowners in Cottonwood, the Jensen’s don’t have flood insurance. When moving in five years ago they were told they didn’t need it.

22 homeowners in the Cottonwood community live there year round and most are retired. They now have to go back to work rebuilding.

Randy Martin found his modular home did not suffer flood damage inside, but was tilted by the current. Randy said he expects FEMA inspectors to come by soon and determine what structures are still livable after repairs.

But more importantly, the only road into the community needs rebuilding. A 30 foot wash out has cut off access. Lois Gnuse is president of the non profit Cottonwood Inc. Lois said, “We have to get this road fixed to bring in lumber trucks and trucks with sheet rock.”

Lois hopes to meet next week with a FEMA representative to ask for federal funds to repair the road.

The County Emergency manager will help find options but the road is on private property so funds may be difficult to find.

The Homeonwer association president will talk to bankers involved in the campground nearby in hopes money for road repairs can be found.

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