Foley And Winfield Residents Fighting River To Save Homes

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FOLEY, MO. (KTVI) - Water started to top the levee in Foley and Winfield, Mo on Monday just as sandbaggers worked tirelessly in their battle against the rising Mississippi River.

“We’ve been fighting a losing battle for two days,” said Lincoln County resident Gerry Heitman.

The water started to creep into farmland and was threatening several homes in both cities.

Foley Alderman Keith Aubuchon piled sandbags around his home with the help of friends and family.  The makeshift wall was about 4 feet high.

“I love the river when it’s in its banks and I hate it when it’s in my back yard,” said Aubuchon.

As of Monday night it was too soon to know how many homes might be flooded.  Several acres of farmland were already underwater.

Wade Wayne is a retired levee board member who was helping with the sandbagging effort.  He felt the key would be if water topped the levee evenly.  If not, he feared a giant chuck of the wall could be blown away by the pressure of the water.

Aubuchon said, “Keep your fingers crossed.”

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