Some positive comes out of flooding in Mississippi Co. - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Some positive comes out of flooding in Mississippi Co.

EAST PRAIRIE, MO (KFVS) -

Mount Level Farms in Mississippi county is home to more than 15,000 acres of farmland.

When the US Army Corps of Engineers activated the Birds Point flood plan, most of that land ended up underwater.  This area is also home to many families. 

Austin Parker says more than 20 homes on the farm were damaged, including his. Parker says homes on this farmland are provided by the farmers free of cost and says that's a common practice on huge farmlands.

Parker says some homes will be salvageable, but his home of six years will not.  He says losing the housing puts many in this area in huge financial burden, but says for him it's not all bad.

"I've definitely had to juggle my finances to make it happen," said Parker.  "God's opened the doors for me to go to school, you always have to find the positive in everything. I'm going to head back get my degree."

Parker says the flood waters pushing through his house were devastating, but says they also pushed him in the right direction and now he considers it a blessing.

Some construction workers in Mississippi County say they see the silver lining too.  That's because flood damage is giving them a job right now.  For the past three weeks, they have been ripping and pulling out all the damaged items inside several homes. 

Richie Walton says usually this crew would be working on new construction or remodeling, but with not much of that in the area he says he's very happy to have this work.

"It's good because most of these guys wouldn't have even had a job this summer so now they're going to be busy all summer long," said Walton.

Walton says gutting the houses is a much harder job than new construction, but says it's really nice to have work lined up for the next couple of weeks.

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