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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 3:41 pm | Updated: 3:42 pm, Wed Jul 2, 2014.

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. — A small Missouri city along the swollen Mississippi River has decided it won’t pay for temporary sandbags this year to protect its quaint business district and historic waterfront homes from potential flooding.

Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley says the City Council voted at an emergency meeting Monday to not fund the flood fight because the city of 450 residents can’t afford it.

Most Mississippi River communities have taken steps since the Great Flood of 1993 to construct permanent flood protections such as levees or berms or have paid to move or raise homes out of the most flood-prone areas.

But Clarksville residents believe the city’s unobstructed views of the river are a big reason their community is a popular tourist destination.

Individuals are filling old sandbags themselves hoping it’s enough.

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