The Papinville Floods of 1986 and 1995
The food of 1986 out did the flood of 1951 by being 6 feet higher than the flood of 1951. This will be a flood that will never be forgotten. It rained 1 inch an hour for 24 hours. The water came up fast and people were moving things to higher ground. The date was September 28, 1986. Papinville was hit the hardest in Bates County. It was surrounded by water all around and was like an island. There were several homes that were destroyed in the area plus many acres of crops that had not been harvested.
Charlie Swarnes lost his house and Ed Hinks trailer was 3/4th covered with floodwater within 24 hours. The residents begin sounding their alarms telling people that the floodwaters were coming up fast and to make a move and start moving personal and furniture items to higher ground.
• By 9:00 am the next morning the water was up to your knees in the Swarnes home. It was located across the road east of the Papinville Bridge. Neighbors were helping neighbors to move things fast. After the floodwaters went down Ed Hink was able to save his place but Swarnes lost their home. There was 6 feet of water inside the house. (Back in the 1860’s this was the Richerson Hotel).
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