Not taking any chances

In less than two hours May 22, friends, staff and managers of Eloisa Gallardo’s El Ranchito in Hermann had helped moved out, or put up in a higher place, everything that they could in anticipation of flooding throughout the weekend from the Missouri River and Frene Creek beside her restaurant. Chuck Gilbert from Hermann was among those helping move items from the kitchen and dining area including chairs and a dishwasher. Gallardo’s pastor, Beth Duckworth from the Hermann and Rosebud United Methodist congregations, helped arrange a meal for those who assisted with food stocks removed from the business. Gallardo cancelled all her orders but will open today (Wednesday) with her food truck in operation only for $1 Taco Tuesday. Patrick Cruts, one of the managers, said although Frene Creek backed up to within five feet of their back party room, drains and sewer lines backed up leaving several inches of gray water to clean up before they repainted the kitchen floor. The crest at Hermann was just below the level where Highway 19 is closed for an extended period at the bridge over Frene Creek. A slight rise was predicted to 32.9 by May 31. Hermann Ford, which moved vehicles out, floods at 32.5. The crest in Hermann was not among the top 10 historically but it could reach a 10th highest for Gasconade city by June 1 if predictions for 34.6 come true there. Gallardo, owner for four years, had to remodel after the 2015 flood.