Flood waters crest in Eureka after beating 1982 record

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EUREKA, MO (KTVI) - There are many places getting wet that have never experienced serious flooding before. One of those places is the Elk Trails subdivision off Highway 109. Despite efforts at sandbagging Tuesday, water is getting into basements. This is not a normal event in this subdivision. People have been scrambling to find pumps, many have had to go to St. Louis to rent them. In the meantime, they move their belongings upstairs and hope they can put up enough of a fight to keep water out of the main part of their homes.

"We knew it was coming, but we didn`t realize how bad it was going to be. So we got stuff up off the floor and started carrying stuff upstairs the best we could. There is a lot of stuff ruined. Does it still seem like its coming up? Oh yes, it is still coming up through the sewers. There is no place for it to go right now. A lot of people have the caps on their sewers, they are blowing off right now. Just taking our lumps and we are going to clean up when we can." said Jason Peck.

We found several people volunteering to help, including a group of about ten guys who were helping a homeowner without a pump by forming a bucket brigade to bail water. There have some a few spectacular rescues here.

In all, there have been about 50 rescue missions, usually involving at least two or three people at each location and often several pets as well.

One spot being watched is Eureka High School where water is over two athletic fields and the concessions stands. It is just about up to the lower gymnasium which has been fortified with sandbags. The school district made sure to empty out all the equipment for those facilities before the water rose.

The good news is the emergency officials have been told the river is cresting now. The bad news is that it is at an all time high. The record in 1982 was 42.9 feet and the level as of 3pm was 45.9.

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