72-year-old farmer's land to be flooded after levee blast

"It's some of the richest ground anywhere," said 72-year-old Paul Haney. "If it gets destroyed it's all going to be for nothing."
"It's some of the richest ground anywhere," said 72-year-old Paul Haney. "If it gets destroyed it's all going to be for nothing."

EAST PRAIRIE, MO (KFVS) - It's something they feared but never believed would actually happen: the Army Corp of Engineers activating the floodway plan at Birds Point.

It's a plan that would flood 133,000 acres of Missouri farmland, relieve the swollen Mississippi River, and potentially save Cairo.

For Paul Haney, it's a plan that would potentially destroy everything he owns.

"It's some of the richest ground anywhere," said Haney. "If it gets destroyed it's all going to be for nothing."

Since he was four yeas old, 72-year-old Paul Haney made his home near Birds Point. He now farms 2400 acres of farmland. Land, that will soon be under water.

"It's ridiculous for them to do it," said Haney.

According to the corps, blasting the levee would put less pressure on the Mississippi, but Haney says it would take everything away from him.

"Everything," said Haney. "it remains to be seen whether I'd have any farm left at all."

He feels blasting the levee was pointless when the plan last was put in place in 1937, and he feels it's more pointless today.

"It did a lot of damage and dropped the river level for a few hours but it didn't do anything to help," said Haney. "If they just let it over flow it wouldn't be as devastating and would serve the same purpose."

Haney farms along side his nephew, Terry Bruce McLain. McLain is a former Emergency Management Director in Mississippi County.

"Nobody here wants this," said McLain. "At this time, nobody has said what they will do after this."

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