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CLARKSVILLE, MO (KTVI)-- There's relief in Clarksville, Missouri, not only because the river has crested but because they were able to hold back the Mississippi with a new kind of flood wall.

With the city out of money to fight floods because it was hit three times last year, a local furniture maker came up with the idea of building a wall made of plywood instead of sandbags.

He thought it would be faster and cheaper and he was right.

No one was sure it could really hold back the river, but it did.

A few sandbags were still required to hold the plywood up against concrete barriers at the bottom of the wall.

What made the idea especially economical is that Home Depot and Lowe’s donated most of the wood.