SHELL KNOB, Mo. -- A neighborhood near Shell Knob was once again cut off by high water this weekend. Big Creek Road in Barry County was impassable on Sunday and much of Monday.
The residents here along Big Creek have been stranded before by high water, and that's the reason for a new bridge that is under construction. A temporary road next to the bridge completely washed out on Sunday.
"I came back, and it was road closed- the road's washed out," said Mark Fish.
Fish wasn't happy to find the only road home overtaken by water, but he knew what to do.
"I called my wife. Luckily, we have a boat on this side, and she came and got me. I just parked over at the state park," Fish said.
In 2008, the residents were cut off for more than four months, with the bridge completely under water. It happened again in 2011.
"You better have a boat, because you can't just drive in!" Fish said.
The county is now putting in a new bridge, at the same elevation as the top of Table Rock Dam, so it should fix this spot.
"At least they've started to do something, and we'll maybe get some problems resolved," Fish said.
Until it's finished this fall, a temporary road will have to do. When it disappeared on Sunday, however, crews couldn't do much with the water so high. Monday morning, the heavy equipment began quick work to build a route in and out for dozens of families.
"There has been a neighbor that had a bad heart, and he had a bad heart attack, and he was stuck here, and I'm not sure how they got him out of here, but, instances like that, it's no good. If you had a fire or medical emergency, you're stuck," said Fish.
The good news is road district crews had the temporary road repaired by Monday afternoon, but it's only good for as long as Mother Nature cooperates.
When the bridge is complete, it should fix that spot for good. There are two other low spots that the road district also plans to fill when it gets the money, and that would might solve the neighborhood's flooding issues.