I have been reminiscing a little this week with it being the 20th anniversary of the West Quincy levee break and I got to thinking about making a few stops at Merkels Hardware for batteries and a flashlight and some other things. It got me thinking about the businesses that were open then and are not today, like Merkels.
If you were around Quincy 20 years ago today, you probably know where you were when you heard the news that the levee in West Quincy failed to hold back the mighty Mississippi River. We all knew when it happened because the news and the river spread like wildfire. What we didn't know at the time was that the levy failed thanks to the assistance of Quincian James Scott, who was eventually convicted of "creating a catastrophe" by removing sand bags in the area of the levee break. Would the levee have held back the rising water on its own? Only God knows.
I recently took a little drive across the bridge from Quincy into West Quincy and couldn't help notice all the snow had melted and after looking around I wished it were back. The more I drove the more I noticed all the litter strewn along the roadway.
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