Linda, 61, shuffles down the dampened street to the site.
It’s a short walk down Butler Court but a difficult one.
“The water came through here,” Linda says pointing to her neighbor’s home that still stands, “and rose halfway up the windows.”
It’s been a year since 4.5 feet of water destroyed her mobile home, her belongings, her memories, nearly everything.
Standing on the cracked concrete slab where her house once stood, she cries.
“It’s so hard coming back here. I still can’t believe it.”
Linda’s son Damon, 45, puts an arm around her. They were one of three families in the neighborhood that lost their homes in the December 2015 flood. Some lived high on the hill and their homes survived. Others, like Linda, lived low.
For seven days, rain fell until the Meramec River spilled over.
“At first, it was pretty. You could see the sun and trees reflecting on the water,” Linda recalls. “It was so pretty.”