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Families dig out from flood

A teary Suzanne Galla picks through her daughter’s waterlogged belongings in the family trailer in Piedmont, Mo. About one-third of the town of 2,000 is underwater. (Dan Gill / For The Times)
The Galla family of Piedmont, Mo., fled by boat when floodwaters poured into its trailer. (Dan Gill / For The Times)
William Maxwell of Piedmont, Mo., helps friends try to salvage belongings in their flooded house. “We’ve had three 100-year floods in the last quarter century or so,” said Lynn Charlton, 79, a retired head carpenter with the Army Corps of Engineers. “Each one has been getting worse. I live about a quarter mile from the creek, and I found a catfish flopping around in my backyard.” (Dan Gill / For The Times)
The headlight of a motorcycle in Missouri is partially filled with water from the flood. (Dan Gill / For The Times)
What remains of the Faith Family Worship Center in downtown Piedmont, Mo. The one-story brick Pentecostal church, built steps from McKenzie Creek, has flooded nine times since its first service was held in 1973, said Pastor Wayne Street. It couldn’t survive the 10th. (Dan Gill / For The Times)
Pastor Wayne Street, left, of the Faith Family Worship Center and friend Gary Yokel discuss the damage to the church. The church had a flood insurance policy. But when Street called to file a claim last week, the agent told him that he’d forgotten to pay the premium. (Dan Gill / For The Times)