Residents talk as demolition goes on in the background. (Image from Southeast Missourian)
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 rebuild their town away from the danger of another intentional levee breach.
You can see KFVS’s story on the demolition here:
See the Southeast Missourian article on the demolition here:
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 still hasn’t been secured. Scroll down to see more stories and media about Pinhook, including a 26-minute documentary film made by the custodians of this site. This film will screen at the Sikeston Tributary Film Festival on July 10 and 11.
Pinhook Elders Gather at Pinhook Day
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 campaign to rebuild their town outside the floodway. You can help by writing a letter, making a phone call, or sending an email to any of the state politicians listed on the “Contact” page of this site. You can also send a communication to Jay Nixon, the governor of the state of Missouri (https://governor.mo.gov/get-involved/contact-the-governors-office). We urge you to do what you can to express your support for Pinhook. If enough voices declaim the injustice of this situation, perhaps something will be done to help the people of PInhook, Mo.
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 the screening along with directors Elaine Lawless and Todd Lawrence.
(Photo Credit: Darcy Holtgrave)
Union Baptist Church
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 prayer as they continue to work toward rebuilding Pinhook, Mo on higher ground outside of the spillway. Please join us in supporting their continued efforts.