First glance at flood damage in Miller City, IL - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

First glance at flood damage in Miller City, IL

MILLER CITY, IL (KFVS) -

More than a week after the Len Small levee gave way to the Mississippi River, water still floods parts of Alexander County, Illinois.

Some roads were no match to the power of the Mississippi River, which left behind gaping holes in some parts of Miller City as county crews start work to fix them on Monday.

Nearly two weeks after Alexander County’s Levee system failed, water still rushes over roads, overpasses and farmland.

Monday was the first time Ron Farris was able to see what was left of his 250 acres.

“I was apprehensive about what went on because I could see on Facebook that it appeared that the levee broke right on me," he said.

Farris said the water destroyed 50 acres of his bean and corn crop farmland.

A loss that will cost him $200,000.

“The farm has been damaged beyond a point where it cannot be farmland anymore,” he said.

Farris is like so many other Illinoisans hoping the state steps in to help with their loss.

Damage reports are being collected this week in Alexander County, which will determines how much federal aid landowners receive.

It's money some say they desperately need.

“I was getting the income off of it about six or eight thousand dollars each year and obviously that is not going to happen anymore.”

Alexander County leaders say business owners and residents have until January 18 to submit damage assessments for potential federal aid.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2016 KFVS. All rights reserved. 

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Fishermen studying Asian carp at Horseshoe Lake in Alexander Co.

    Fishermen studying Asian carp at Horseshoe Lake in Alexander Co.

    Saturday, July 21 2018 2:41 PM EDT2018-07-21 18:41:24 GMT
    Matt O'Hara with IDNR holds up a 20 pound black carp that was caught at Horseshoe Lake in Alexander County Wednesday. O'Hara is leading an effort at the lake to catch hundreds of asian carp and study the rare black carp.Matt O'Hara with IDNR holds up a 20 pound black carp that was caught at Horseshoe Lake in Alexander County Wednesday. O'Hara is leading an effort at the lake to catch hundreds of asian carp and study the rare black carp.
    Matt O'Hara with IDNR holds up a 20 pound black carp that was caught at Horseshoe Lake in Alexander County Wednesday. O'Hara is leading an effort at the lake to catch hundreds of asian carp and study the rare black carp.Matt O'Hara with IDNR holds up a 20 pound black carp that was caught at Horseshoe Lake in Alexander County Wednesday. O'Hara is leading an effort at the lake to catch hundreds of asian carp and study the rare black carp.

    Dozens of fisherman are casting nets around Horseshoe Lake in Alexander County this week to catch and invasive fish species and study the rare black carp.

    Dozens of fisherman are casting nets around Horseshoe Lake in Alexander County this week to catch and invasive fish species and study the rare black carp.

  • First Alert: Partly cloudy, lower temps

    First Alert: Partly cloudy, lower temps

    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:37 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:37:34 GMT
    Rainbow this morning in SIkeston. (Source: cNews)Rainbow this morning in SIkeston. (Source: cNews)
    Rainbow this morning in SIkeston. (Source: cNews)Rainbow this morning in SIkeston. (Source: cNews)

    Lisa Michaels says today will have mostly sunny skies in our western counties and partly cloudy in our eastern counties.

    Lisa Michaels says today will have mostly sunny skies in our western counties and partly cloudy in our eastern counties.

  • FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY was issued Friday due to threat of severe weather

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY was issued Friday due to threat of severe weather

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:46 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:46:10 GMT
    A First Alert Action Day has been declared for today, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: KFVS)A First Alert Action Day has been declared for today, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: KFVS)

    A First Alert Action Day was issued for Friday, July 20 due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

    A First Alert Action Day was issued for Friday, July 20 due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

Powered by Frankly