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Greene makes effort to control flooding

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The town of Greene was working quick to beat the water that was rushing in.  Many in town pulled together to control flooding in areas that saw major loss from the floods of 2008. 

All night and day, people worked to fill sandbags as fast as they could in full force. 

Waters were moving fast. 

Many homes closest to the Shell Rock River took a hit of the flood water first. Even a car was stuck in the middle of high waters. 

For the town of Greene, flooding is not new territory. Many say this year's near record level flooding reminds them of the floods of 2008. Except this time, they say they have a better sense of what to expect. 

"We lost everybody," said Chad Schultz. "We lost our grocery store. We lost our post office. All of it. We lost our main businesses that we depend on. So as a small town we got elderly people that can't drive 40 miles to get anything."

In order to prevent the loss they saw back in 2008, many business owners along Traer street took extra precautions. Many removed inventory from their stores. One appliance store loaded all their washers and dryers onto a trailer, leaving their store empty.

As water continued to rise, the town came up with a plan, that they say they didn't do back in 2008.

In order to prevent flooding to a majority of their businesses along Traer Street, the town sandbagged both sides along First and Second street to divert the water away from Traer. 

The sandbags proved instrumental in diverting a majority of the water away from Traer where these businesses are located. They also pumped water out away from the street. 

T&M Foods, which is located on Traer street, saw a total loss of their store back in 2008. An emotional moment for both husband and wife as they saw the water flooding in again. 

"Nightmare, nightmare," said Michelle Kreimeyer. "He described it as the nightmare's happening again."

Michelle Kreimeyer and her husband Tony have been at the location for 16 years.  Kreimeyer says the way the town comes together during a crisis, shows how close Greene is. 

"There's people coming in and saying I got some boys here, you need some help," said Kreimeyer. "I mean that's the thing about small town. Because back in 2008 after it was all done, we were like what are we gonna do? And here at that time there's already 4 or 5 people back with sun pumps going, come on let's go."

North Butler High School has been open to anyone seeking shelter. 

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