Salt River Journal

Clarksville residents, volunteers continue to battle flood

Posted: May. 6, 2019 12:50 pm

Tom Bankhead stands atop a sandbag wall as he surveys Mississippi River flooding on Sunday, May 5 around his Clarksville home, which was built in the 1840s and is one of the oldest in town. He and his late wife, Kathleen, bought the house at First and Washington almost 25 years ago. Bankhead planned to go inside this week to start the cleanup. On Sunday, the water level stood six to seven inches below the height it reached during the 2008 flood, which was the third-worst in Clarksville’s 202-year history. Bankhead said he spent $150,000 on cleanup in 2008 and that insurance only paid about a third of the cost. The river crested Saturday at 35.9 feet, making it unofficially the fourth-worst inundation, but additional rainfall is expected this week.. Bankhead also has a flood-endangered home in Muscatine, Iowa. "I live in a ditch, I’m going to get wet," he lamented. "There’s nothing I can do about it." However, he added, "The ditch didn’t used to be this deep." 

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