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Bill Cravens didn’t know what to think when his friend and neighbor Donnie Wilson went under.
“My heart stopped and I quit breathing for about 10 seconds,” Cravens said. “I was scared to death!”
Cravens returned home Friday afternoon after getting his children to safety only to find Wilson trapped in flood waters.
Wilson said he was making his way through the water with his crippled dog in his hands when the current from the overflowing nearby Keeney Creek swept his feet out from underneath him.
Wilson said he popped up and grabbed on a bush in his front yard but could not hold on. Luckily for Wilson, the current swept him towards another tree in the yard where he was able to hang on.
Wilson’s girlfriend, Linda Lauck, said a friend backed their truck down into the water in an attempt to block the current while other friends managed to get a rope to Wilson to pull him out.
Cravens’ basement was flooded by the current and he and his family spent the rest of the weekend pumping out water and carrying bucket-loads of mud from the basement.
Lauck said the garden the family recently planted is buried in mud, and railroad ties that lined the perimeter are now in a farmer’s field several hundred yards away.
On Monday Wilson was using a bobcat to clear mud away from his garage and house.
On Friday, KMBC’s Tim Twyman shot footage of people stranded at Crossroad’s Station. On Saturday, the store’s parking lot and Easley’s 210 Auto Auction across the street were covered in mud.
Lauck said Rep. Bob Nance had been contacted and a possible meeting between area residents and the State Emergency Management Agency, The Missouri Department of Transportation and Gov. Jay Nixon’s office could occur this week.
Photo: Bill Cravens uses a squeegee mop to push back what is left of the mud that poured into his basement Friday afternoon when a storm dropped about 5 inches of rain on Ray County. Cravens lives just outside of Orrick on 210 Highway. In the background a piece of sheetrock illustrates the water line of flooding. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)