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Jackson County farmers still battling flood waters

Fields have been flooded since the Easter weekend. Fields have been flooded since the Easter weekend.
"We didn't get that much planted this year," said Twenhafel. "We didn't get that much planted this year," said Twenhafel.
Some of the fields did dry up just long enough to get some crops in, but the water is creeping back up. Some of the fields did dry up just long enough to get some crops in, but the water is creeping back up.
JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The recent rains did more damage than good for many farmers in Jackson County.

Fields have been flooded since the Easter weekend.

Now, with the Mississippi River above flood stage, there seems to be no end in sight for the farmers in the Neunert and Jacob areas of Jackson County.

"Right now we're getting a raise in the river and that's making more seep water in here. And over the last week it's raised about three inches," said Glenn Twenhafel.

"Basically we're going to be stuck until the river gets down low enough to open up our locks."

Which Twenhafel says won't be anytime soon, because the Mississippi River must first get below 28-feet in order to open the locks on the levee.

Some of the fields did dry up just long enough to get some crops in, but the water is creeping back up.

"My brother and I farm about two-thousand acres," said Glenn Twenhafel. "And we've probably got at least thirteen-hundred under water, or too wet to farm. So we didn't get that much planted this year."

Many of the farmers we talked to in the Neunert area say this is the worst flooding they've dealt with in more than sixty years.

And that their planting season is getting washed away.

"Yeah it would be too late to plant anything now. The 4th of July was always the cut off line. And this water isn't going anywhere before then."

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