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HOLT COUNTY, MO (2011-06-03)
While sandbags continue being filled along the Missouri River in northwest Missouri, another community is issuing a warning to its residents.
The Board of Trustees in Village of Fortescue in Holt county is telling residents to take precautions and start moving property to higher ground immediately. Residents of Fortescue are being warned to prepare to be out of their homes for a long period of time, with a reminder to bring medication, special foods, valuable papers, and other essentials. A Red Cross shelter has now been set up in Mound City at the First Christian Church. This is for temporary housing for anyone who has a need. Earlier this week the Village of Big Lake warned its residents to take precautions for flooding the next several weeks. Other preparations in our area include Atchison county Missouri, where the Red Cross is picking up water and Gatorade to help volunteers, evacuees, and sandbaggers. Those supplies are being donated by the nearby Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph which has gotten some of the water from a food bank in Kansas City. State Emergency officials say they are preparing for flooding to last the next 6 to 8 weeks along the Missouri River across the state to St. Charles county.
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