CARROLL COUNTY, Mo. — The worst may be behind residents of Carrollton worried about flooding.

River levels across the area are beginning to fall, and in Carroll County, officials say the worst may have been avoided, for now at least. Carroll County Presiding Commissioner Stan Falke told KMZU News that experts and officials are “cautiously optimistic” flood waters may be receding.

“In south Carrollton, the water has receded just a little,” Falke said. “Certainly not a foot or two, but hopefully an inch or two. We hope that is a trend that will continue.”

Once flood waters are gone, the long slog of cleaning up will begin. That is a long way off, though, as farmland and homes in southern Carroll County are still submerged in multiple feet of water.

Falke says there are resources for food, housing and cleaning supplies available for victims going forward.

“I’ve been in touch with at least four different organizations offering their support [to flood victims],” Falke said. “We would encourage people to check with us up at the Courthouse, at the clerk’s office, for those phone numbers.”

Among organizations offering assistance are the American Red Cross and University of Missouri Extension as well as local organizations ALERT and Carroll County Harvesters, which is associated with H.E.L.P. Services.

Paperwork is also now available at the Carroll County Courthouse for those affected by flooding in March and April to apply for federal and state assistance for damages from the first round of floods this year.

Multiple inches of rain had been forecast across the area the past few days, but much of the region has escaped heavy rainfall this week.

“The rainfall events that were predicted, you know, two, three, four inches of rain would have been devastating to us,” Falke said. “[Those] did not mature, so prayers answered.”

Roads in southern Carroll County will still be affected, though, some for weeks or even months to come.

As for 65 Highway between Carrollton and Waverly? Fake said, “probably closed for the foreseeable future”.