Residents in Albany deal with damage after 9 inches of rain - KCTV5

Residents in Albany deal with damage after 9 inches of rain

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A view of Highway F near 136 Highway. (Caroline Sweeney/KCTV) A view of Highway F near 136 Highway. (Caroline Sweeney/KCTV)
A view of the West Fork Grand River on Thursday. (Caroline Sweeney/KCTV) A view of the West Fork Grand River on Thursday. (Caroline Sweeney/KCTV)
ALBANY, MO (KCTV) -

After the Grand River between Albany and Bethany, Missouri saw 9 inches of rain overnight, people found themselves surveying the damage on Thursday.

“I was thinking I was going to drown,” said homeowner Max Hopkins. “In ’93, it got up in the yard a little ways, but nothing like this.”

The rain may have stopped, but the water didn’t. So it's now looking more like the mighty Missouri River.

At the Middle Fork Grand River, water was touching the bottom of the bridge, actively overflowing its banks, and flowing down into a field nearby.

The USGS said the water was moving at 18 feet per second.

The flat corn stalks and the grass showed the force of the river as it crested the banks. The debris left in Hopkins’ yard tell the same story.

“I was up around 1 a.m. and I could see a little water in the yard in the low places,” he said. “My wife got up this morning and said it’s a mess.”

Hopkins explained why he wouldn’t put anything down to stop the water if it rises again: “If it goes, I’ve got insurance. Let ‘em take it.”

That “water won’t stop me” attitude wasn’t just for the humans in the area. A deer swam a quarter of a mile to dry land, as well.

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