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Clarksville preparing for potential flood

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CLARKSVILLE (KWWL) -

The Shell Rock River is quickly rising, threatening the small town of Clarksville on Thursday.

Community members are preparing for the worst by sandbagging the town, after seeing what the Shell Rock River has done to Greene.

Val Swinton, Mayor of Clarksville, says the community came together late Wednesday night and put up a sandbag wall on the edge of town. He says that is not the only thing the community is doing to prepare for the potential flooding.

Dozens of community members were busy sandbagging Thursday morning, despite the heavy rain. Many of the volunteers were students, after Clarksville schools were canceled.

The head football coach made some calls, asking student athletes to help. Football players helped transport the sandbags all over town, helping anyone in need.

The head football coach says he's proud of his players and all volunteers, "I think people don't understand how great of a community this is, you come to Clarksville and we have your back, we are one big family and that's what families are for, is to help each other in times of need and obviously this community is in a time of need right now," said Chris Arians.

The mayor says that the students were truly enjoying themselves and he appreciates all their help.

"It shows how big a heart our students have, how much love we have for the community, like Chris Arians said, we always have each others back here in Clarksville, so it feels good to help out the community," said Makayla Holub, Clarksville High School senior.

Whether it is community members, students or coaches they were all eager to help. They are all hoping for the best when it comes to the potential flooding.

 Many businesses also are preparing in the area, especially the local bakery, which was hit hard in the floods on 2008.

The mayor of Clarksville says they started working late Wednesday night and he is proud of his community.

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