Five Years is Too Long

It’s a story I must have told a hundred times by now: a small black town in southeast Missouri, a record breaking flood, a floodway that had only been operated once before, a federal agency just following orders, and the devastating destruction that followed a breached levee. Every time I tell it, whether to a…

Read Article on Pinhook, Mo and Vallmeyer, Ill

In October, as part of the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, a program was held to discuss the towns of Pinhook, Mo and Vallmeyer, Ill, both devastated by river flooding. You can see the entire panel discussion, which included representatives from both towns and was moderated by Matt Meacham of Illinois Humanities (seated center), on…

Displaced Pinhook Residents Witness Demolition of Remaining Town Structures

Displaced Pinhook residents came out yesterday to watch work begin on the demolition of the remaining structures in their destroyed town. Pinhook, which was devastated over four years ago by the operation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway, has remained uninhabited. Residents are currently seeking to purchase land outside the Floodway so that they can…

Four Years Later: Pinhook Residents Gather for Homecoming

Displaced Pinhook residents gathered once again this past Saturday to celebrate community, faith, and family. The festivities were marked by a fishing contest, games, singing, and home-cooked food. Residents continue to work towards the relocation and rebuilding of their town, but four years after the intentional breaching of the Birds Point Levee, governmental financial assistance…

Three Years Ago Today

It has been three years today since the US Army Corps of Engineers breached the Birds Point-New Madrid levee, destroying the town of Pinhook, Mo. To this date, no federal, state, county, or local financial assistance has been provided to the displaced residents of the town. But the struggle is not over. Residents continue their…

Pinhook Documentary Premieres at University of Missouri

Taking Pinhook, a new documentary about Pinhook and its displaced residents, was screened for the first time last night at an event that was part of the University of Missouri Black Studies Department’s Black History Month Series. Several displaced Pinhook residents were in attendance including Debra Tarver and Aretha Robinson. They answered audience questions following…

TWO YEARS AGO TODAY

10:30 pm this evening will mark two years since the breaching of the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee and the destruction of Pinhook, Mo by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Still displaced residents have not received government assistance of any kind to help them rebuild their devastated town. They have asked for a day of…

Rebuild Pinhook, Mo

Welcome to RebuildPinhook — a site dedicated to supporting the campaign to relocate and rebuild Pinhook, Mo.  This site is intended to serve as an aggregator for information about the destruction of Pinhook in May of 2011, as well as a potential hub for people to communicate about the ongoing efforts to relocate and rebuild the…