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PINHOOK, Mo. — A small town of African Americans may have met their fate thanks to a decision made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to blow up a levee in Eastern Missouri last month.

Pinhook, Mo. once comprised of 250 people in the 1960s — today there are about 30 residents. The town was swept as the Mississippi River flowed through it, causing many of its remaining residents to lose faith in its ability to recover.

The Kansas City Star Reports:

The corps blew holes in the levee in early May to relieve pressure on communities upriver that were being threatened by floodwaters. When residents of Pinhook heard of plans to breach the levee, the collection of friends, family and relatives who lived there headed for higher ground.

The residents scattered, renting apartments in Sikeston and moving in with friends in East Prairie, which is about 10 miles away from Pinhook, while some moved even farther away. Many thought they would be able to return after the water receded, but inspections have shown that might not be possible.



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