Justin Skouby stands watch at the bow of a boat for log debris in the creek while a group of men head over to the town levee on Tuesday, May 22, 2019 in Wilton, Mo., farming town next to the Missouri River. The men made trips with their boat carrying roughly 20-30 sandbags at a time to fortify a levee to prevent the oncoming water form the Missouri River from flooding their crop land.
The river bottom in Wilton, Mo. farming region lays underwater after weeks of flooding on Tuesday, May 22, 2019 due to levee breaches from water flowing in from the Missouri River.
A Tree stand in the middle of a field next to the Missouri River on Saturday, April 6, 2019 near Easley, Mo. The river bottoms are used to farm crops such as corn and soy beans.
David Atterberry drives his boat through a flooded section of Mokane, Mo. Atterberry lives at home with his mother and his dog. The water has flooded their backyard. They’ve moved all their valuables out of their home. “It used to be every two years a flood and recently it’s been every year and now it’s a couple times every year,'“ said Atterberry. “You get used to it.”
Opie Diederich, 2, plays in dirt being used to fill sandbags to prevent flooding on Tuesday, May 22, 2019, in Wilton, Mo. Opie’s grandfather, Robert Diederich, along with his brother, Stephen, rebuilt the towns levee after the flood of 1993. The Diederich brothers created a levee association with some of the other farmers at the time. “Their whole livelihood is about keeping the water out of this bottom,” said Eric Gies, a neighbor of the Diederich.
Ethan Hilgedick lines sandbags over the top of a levee on Tuesday, May 22, 2019 in Wilton, Mo. A group of four men made multiple trips in their boat pilled with sandbags to fortify strategic points of the levee in anticipation of a incoming storm and future flooding.
Jackson Skouby, 10, loads dirt into sandbags in anticipation of a storm with family, friends, and other volunteers on Tuesday, May 22, 2019, in Wilton, Mo. “I could follow a creek back to my house,” said Jackson. Sandbagging was his effort to help prevent the water from the Missouri River from Flooding their home.
Mia Heyen, 8, and Rylie Skouby, 6, rest on top of a truck after playing in the dirt on Tuesday, May 22, 2019, in Wilton, Mo. Locals and volunteers had been sandbagging all day while most of the children were playing with each other.
Mia Heyen, 8, holds a frog she caught on Tuesday, May 22, 2019 in Wilton, Mo. The local children played in the dirt while some of their parents helped sandbag to prevent river water from flooding their town.
Bugs fly in swarms above the Mississippi River on April 20, 2019, on Highway 51 near Perryville, Mo.
Downtown Mokane, Mo. lays underwater after weeks of water flowing in from the Missouri River. Concrete walls with sandbags on both sides were built to protect Mokane from flood waters outside of American Veterans Post #153 on Saturday, June 9. The community started putting the wall up on May 21, 2019. They had roughly 30-40 people come to help sandbag through Thursday. A Facebook post brought together members of the community and people from as far as Mexico, Missouri, to help sandbag. "Everybody worked in unison. Everyone's someone's kin around here," said Danny Lamons.
Shovels and boots lay on a bed of gravel being used to fill sandbags on Tuesday, May 22, 2019, in Wilton, Mo.
Cora Wiley, 17, started working at Jolly Cone Drive-In in Van Buren, Mo., when she was roughly 14-years -old. The community gathering spot for the town of about a 1,000 suffered flooding from the nearby Current River about two years prior. The water level rose to the tops of it’s windows.
Miley West, 8, Dusty, 5, hold on to their mother Shanna while they wait for their orders of ice cream on one of the first days that Jolly Cone Drive-In was open for the warmer seasons on Friday, April 19, 2019 in Van Buren, Mo,. a town in the southeast Missouri town of roughly a 1,000 people next to the Current River.
Peony petals lay in a creek on Tuesday, May 22, 2019 in Wilton, Mo. Mia Heyen, 8, and Rylie Skouby, 6, started throwing the petals into the water after giving one of the flowers to Rylie’s mother, Danielle Skouby.
Waves from the Mississppi River crash against a riverside road near Perryville, Mo. The water level in this photo, taken on April 19, 2019, was recorded to be 35.60 feet. During the flood of 1993, the river crested at 49.74 feet, according to the National Weather Service. As of June 21, 2019, the river had risen to 41.40 feet, but National Weather Service predictions were showing a decline.