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Bagnell floodgates open: residents prepare downstream

Ameren Missouri warned Tuesday that the floodgates at Bagnell Dam could be open for the next two weeks.

For residents downstream on the Osage River, it’s an all to familiar reminder of what they went through just two years ago, the last time the floodgates had to be opened.

Docks were swept away and some were heavily damaged when large pieces of floating debris ripped them from the river banks.

This time, residents told ABC 17 News they are more prepared and are trying to prevent their docks from being damaged by the rising water.

Sherri Taylor, owner of the Mari Osa Delta Campground said, neighbors are helping each other by calling when they are clearing logs from their docks. She said it gives those living downstream a chance to be on their docks when large pieces of debris will be floating their way.

Taylor told us several residents have already taken their boats out of the water and are preparing their houses for the worst scenario.

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