People making the best of floodwaters


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 6/03/2013 4:47 pm Published: 6/03/2013 4:46 pm


Green Country is dealing with some serious flooding.

One river that was once less than a football field in length is now nearly four football fields wide.

FOX23's Ian Silver found some people are actually having a little fun with all the water.

Many people used this as a rare opportunity to go fishing in the Neosho River.

"Several of them was caught last night. I've caught one so far today. We've been out here for a couple hours," said Don Cook.

Fishing on the Neosho River isn't normally so easy.

"Cause they get into the grass, they get to the bugs and stuff. Plus it brings up the worms," said Cook.

Cook has seen about a dozen fishermen cast their lines from this temporary bank on Monday, but Sunday night there were much more.

“Oh … guessing… probably about 50," said Cook.

Meanwhile, across this bridge, Seth Gruebel is looking for crawfish in the mud.

"I'm catching crawfish and worms and, basically, that's it. You know, just catching bait for future fishing trips," said Gruebel.

He realizes there are risks involved.

"There's, of course, the dangers of the snakes, and then of course debris, you know, rusty nails to 2-by-4, to broken glass," said Gruebel.

As a self-proclaimed country boy he said he doesn't mind. He said on Sunday night people were swimming in the rising water.

"You see these teenagers going on the big old slide and just splashing right into the flood, just swimming around, just basically making the best of the flood," said Gruebel.

Just across the bloated river is the Miami Fairgrounds, officials had to cancel a Pow Wow over the weekend because of flood waters. The city's water park is also closed until the water recedes.


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