Revisiting the Great Flood of 93

July 12, 1993… “There was a frantic scene in (Hardin) as residents tried to escape with as many personal possessions as possible. Trucks, trailers, vans or anything else that would hold a house load of items were seen speeding in and out of town in the final hours before Highway 10 closed.”

The river swamped rich bottomland in southern Ray County, where corn and soybeans flourished, as they do today.

Hardin and Orrick residents fled houses and businesses just ahead of the rampaging river.

“Whether water was actually in your house or not, in some way it touched you, and the whole community came together,” Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale said. “It was one of the better moments for Ray County under a terrible situation. I saw people sandbagging levees, I saw people taking their neighbors’ things to high ground. There was a genuine caring for your neighbor.”

Greater than the loss of property, Excelsior Springs resident Janis Kincaid is among those affected when the flood unearthed caskets in Hardin Cemetery and sent them floating downriver. The loss included her grandparents and a great-grandparent, and recovery workers had the job of trying to find them…

Read more in Tuesday’s Richmond News.

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