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June 7, 2011ROCK PORT, MO |  By: Wayman

Rockport Flood Tuesday

This is day 9 for Rockport Missouri residents trying to prepare for the Missouri River flooding.

This morning about 65 state prison inmates from Maryville, about an hour away, are in town to help resident fill more sandbags. Earth dams are being built around a grain elevator 2 miles from the river but the focus is the 10 feet of dirt around Rockport's water treatment plant 4 miles from the river. Atchison county presiding commissioner Kurt Livengood says while Rockport area residents are packing belongings, around 120 citizens have already moved out based on the flooding in 1993 and again in 2007.

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The county's emergency manager says 40,000 sandbags have been filled in the past 4 days in Rockport, with 20,000 of those protecting the water treatment plant.