First glance at flood damage in Miller City, IL

First glance at flood damage in Miller City

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.

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