Rising rivers threaten homes and farms

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - Area rivers are on the rise and folks are rushing to protect their properties. In St. Charles the Missouri river is behaving. But, that cannot be said about other waterways in the area.

"When we decide were going to do something everybody knows it`s time to come and give us a hand." said farmer Gary Schellert.

Lincoln county farmers, their families, friends and workers are scrambling to fill sandbags in efforts to protect 2000 acres of  corn, sod, soybeans and a sand plant from flood waters. They`re putting the bags in a boat and then taking them out to fill in low lying spots along a levee. The Mississippi river is climbing and these folks are desperate to keep their property out of the flood zone.

"Most of their livelihood is based on a lot of this it`s not all of it but it`s a big portion of it. Everybody`s got several hundred acres in here involved." said Gary Schellert.

Near Winfield the ferry is closed because of too much water, the road to the ferry is flooded.  Residents say forutnately the levee district added another layer of dirt to the top of this berm weeks before the flood. In Old Monroe the Cuivre river is close to touching the bottom of the train trestle. Just out of town roads are blocked the river is moving out of its banks.

"It`s just part of life basically you do what you go to do if you live along the river." said homeowner Matthew Stelzer.

The Cuivre river is almost at his front door. So, once again Matthew Stelzer and his cousin are moving possessions out of the basement to store them high and dry until the river level drops. When that happens they already know the mess left behind by the flood will be a big headache.

"Everything floats in, gets mud in the basement the aftermath is the worst, it`s the worst. Madden: The cleanup.  Burkemper: The cleanup is the worst." said Scott Burkemper.

People say lately flooding is becoming all too common that it seems to happen almost every year.

1 Comment

  • Ace Baily

    every time someone raises a levy, someone else is going to get the “benefit” of such, as this water is going some where, and it really does not care where it goes. many years of levy building and raising them has only aggravated the problem, and no one is going to start tearing them down. physics at work here, no different than trying to put 10 pounds of potatoes in a 2 pound bag

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