Bob Mitchell: Second round of flooding

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Bob Mitchell Ozark Views & Comments

Post-flood comments were a little out of line, since there was no idea that a second round of rain would result in more flooding. Neither was it determined that water would hit the City of Seven Valleys from the west.

That second round of flooding, although not as severe or resulting from extra heavy rainfall, was enough to push Flat Creek and Horner Branch out of their banks a second time, causing additional damage in south town.

The statement that Hawk Branch and Little Troublesome were "calm" during the weather, was out of line since the second downpour put them raging through town and crossing Main Street.

Third washing

Then the third shower that reached Cassville actually served the town quite well by staying on the slight side and washing mud off the streets.

Folks arriving in Cassville Friday night and expecting to view vast bodies of water, were somewhat amazed to see the streets so clean and the absence of large deposits of mud in some areas. This third rain just wasn't quite heavy enough to cause the already-soaked ground to put any waterways out of their banks.

Awaiting decisions

Right now, the public is awaiting decisions from FEMA and the State of Missouri regarding flood relief in the community. Currently, the low-water crossing at East Seventh Street is closed due to flood damage.

There were a number of businesses that received considerable damage to merchandise and some that were being completely remodeled as a result of the muddy water, with White Funeral Home, Designs by Debbie and Dollar General heading the list.

Private home help came from the Missouri Baptist Disaster Team. Gary Stiles was the local coordinator.

There were some instances of large trees being uprooted due to the soaked ground and the top-heavy condition of water on leaves. One such instance was the Cindy Carr backyard in Chinquapin Woods. Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation were working one morning clearing brush and downed trees off Highway 248, east of Chinquapin Woods.

Slow-ripening tomatoes

Cloudy weather that has plagued the Ozarks this late spring and early summer has tomato growers scratching their heads about the slow ripening of the crop and smaller size of the fruit.

Our 12 healthy plants had an abundance of blooms and small green tomatoes on them when a nearby Bradford Pear tree split, sending an eight-inch limb crashing down on the wire and the steel posts.

One side was bent out enough that it can't be used again, and the posts can be straightened. But the real problem is that the plants were all stripped of their leaves or knocked to the ground. Although all but two were restarted through the wire, the productivity of this crop is actually on the failure side.

As enjoyable as it might be to plant tomatoes and watch them grow, this crop being destroyed might be the last for us, since a couple of previous crops have amounted to nearly zilch.

Historical note

Last Monday marked the 62nd anniversary of the Armistice signing that ended the Korean War.

After being in that conflict 2-1/2 years, it was my pleasure to be in Cassville, at home, with a new son and beginning a career with the Cassville Democrat.

There were plenty of memories of the peace talks and trips to the Peace Camp to provide support to the crews involved in all the paperwork required to satisfy the Communist negotiators.

Requirements

Some of the requirements laid on the United Nations people who progressed north of the 38th parallel to the actual talks site can bring a smile these days.

A necessity for the UN people was to provide the enemy with a list of personnel and their service numbers that would be crossing the border each evening. If there was even the smallest change, it nearly required an act of God to get any variation from the original list.

Every vehicle that was to be in the convoy from the peace camp to the talk site had to be provided as part of the information package, and each was checked by the North Koreans or Chinese, whomever was in charge of the barricaded stations at that particular time.

Prized possession

During one trip to the peace camp, there came an opportunity to get a prized possession. It was a photo of Admiral Keeland, with whom I traveled, and the UN team, outside one of their tents.

Most of them were posing in their skivvies. I still have that negative.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat.