On June 2nd and 3rd, 2019, a series of levies protecting the Missouri River bottom collapsed, letting in a torrent of water that inundated the entire area. Now, a family owned and operated general store that has been a beloved focal point of the Boonville community for nearly 100 years is now on the brink of closing for good due to damage from the flood. For fourth-generation owner Jim Snoddy, who runs the store with his brother Chris, the store holds a lifetime of memories and friendships. However, as FEMA funds continue to be denied to the county, his hope for a turnaround fades with each passing day.
Scattered corn stalks are seen in a field along Route 40 outside of Rocheport on the morning of September 17th, 2019. The sliver of ashphalt cuts through a wide swath of land that was impacted by the flood earlier this year.