Residents still cleaning up after flooding in Alexander County, IL

10 pm Headlines 1/17
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Families living in Alexander County, Illinois are left cleaning up after the New Year Flood.

Several homes, barns, roads and other pieces of properties have been damaged in the area, according to Alexander County board member Chalen Tatum.

Tatum said the county is still estimating the cost of the flood damages for residents in the county. He said county residents may receive state or federal disaster relief funds depending on how much damage is estimated.

A resident of Thebes, Ill. living along Miller City Road for more than 40 years, Jim Taflinger, said this year was the worst he's seen in recent years.

Taflinger built a more than 10-foot dirt and sand wall around his home to keep it protected from flooding. However, his family moved most of their belongings to higher ground.

His home was not damaged, but now the family has a mound of dirt surrounding their home.

"We've never had any severe flooding except in '16 and in 2011. We've had some high waters, but not anything like this," Taflinger said.

Tatum said the damage costs for homes and businesses could be estimated by January 18, but it could take longer for other pieces of properties.

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