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POTOSI, MO (KTVI) - Blue tarps dot the rooftops in Potosi, while parts of other roofs litter the area downtown. And a raging river was running through the town at one point Wednesday afternoon.

However, the silver lining about flash flooding is—as the name suggests—it goes back down pretty fast. High water is no longer an issue as of Wednesday night. But there is plenty of damage that will not be going away anytime soon.

Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley knew something was wrong when he saw a tree fall in his backyard. By the time he got down to city hall, the mayor found his little town was in big trouble.

Roofing material from one side of the city’s historic downtown was ripped away and, in some cases, flung through windows of businesses on the other side of the street.

A streetlight was left dangling by its cable. The timing could not be worse at Marler Accounting – it is the peak of tax season. A client was in the office when the wind hit. The rest of the day was spent salvaging paperwork and family photos that had previously lined the walls of the office.

Just north of town, in the community of Racola, the Old Mines Creek became a raging river, cutting off residents trying to get home across a brand new bridge.