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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Newburg homes evacuated

  • It was around 4 a.m. when Robert Sharp II came running into wake up his mom Bernice.
    " 'Mom, you better wake up,' he said. 'Take a look at this,' " said Bernice.
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  • It was around 4 a.m. when Robert Sharp II came running into wake up his mom Bernice.
    " 'Mom, you better wake up,' he said. 'Take a look at this,' " said Bernice.  
    She, her husband, Robert, and their son were greeted to a rushing river that was at the first step of their home and rising.
    "Our whole front yard was flooded," said Sharp. "This whole area and all the way over there across the road was underwater."
    Across town at 2 a.m., around 15 to 20 residents on First Street were being evacuated by the local fire department because of the quickly rising waters of a creek that runs through town and pours into the nearby Little Piney Creek.
    Perry McCormic's business, Perry's Pool Hall, has been a mainstay on First Street for several decades now.  
    "I heard it on the scanner," said McCormic who drove down at around 2:30 a.m. from his home in Rolla to save his business. "The water at that time was over the railroad bridge. I went ahead and unplugged the sewer drain out there in the gutter and water went down immediately."
    While the weather of the last 24 hours has brought a lot of damage to this small town, Mayor James Poucher was grateful to report nobody was hurt. He noted as well that no utilities were out throughout the town.
    Poucher commented from city hall which was abuzz Wednesday morning with police and firefighters checking in to see what needed to be done.
    A table had been set up full of doughnuts, juice and other snack items for anyone in town who was in need. According to the mayor, the treats came from the Rolla chapter of the American Red Cross.
    "I have been impressed with the community's response," said Poucher. "I do not think I have ever seen the water this high."
    Cancellations
    Because of the flooding, several events have been cancelled in Newburg.
    The Houston House soup luncheon will be closed this Thursday, Aug. 8, because of the floods.
    Lyric Live Theater in Newburg has cancelled the Aug. 9 and 10 showings of “The Veep” due to cleanup from flooding this week.
    The theater expects to reopen for the David Mays' "Tribute to Charlie Pride” show set for Aug. 16.

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