ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Governor Jay Nixon toured the flood damage in St. Charles County including West Alton by helicopter this morning then sat down with local agencies to assess the devastation and clean up efforts.
Nixon is vowing to rebuild all of the damaged levees and is crediting local workers and volunteers for their efforts in the massive flood fight.
Nixon says the situation has been especially difficult for our area because first we were hit with destructive tornadoes then devastating flooding.
Nixon says while the worst may be over we are still in a critical stage because the water remains high.
The emergency management director for West Alton, Gary Machens, says the water is going down slowly but he is still asking those who evacuated to not return to their homes yet.
Machens says the water is still dangerously high- he thinks it could be Sunday afternoon before people can return to their homes.
He says some levees are still “wobbly” because of the amount of water around them.
Authorities tell us ten homes in West Alton have water in their basements and three businesses along Highway 67 sustained significant water damage.
The Army Corps of Engineers says this is now the fourth largest flood event for St. Louis since records started to be kept.
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says the storm has cost his county $1.4 million so far in clean up costs.
Ehlmann believes damage estimates will go higher than that.
Ehlmann also tells us crews in St. Charles County are picking up eight tons of tree debris daily.
Fortunately authorities say there have still not been any serious injuries reported from the storms.