Alexander County roads could cost hundreds of thousands to fix after flood

ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Alexander County, Illinois is still being affected by the devastating flood from over a year ago. 

On Tuesday, April 11 the Mississippi River crested around 36 feet on the Cape Girardeau, Missouri gauge causing minor flooding throughout some Missouri and Illinois counties.

Click this link to check out a video of the flooding.

However, this current flood has caused a lot of damage to several roads in Alexander County since the levee has not been rebuilt from when it broke last year during the record-breaking New Year Flood. 

Alexander County Engineer Jeff Denny said it's going to take up to two months worth of work to repair the roads again. He anticipates it probably costing a couple hundred thousand dollars. 

"It's probably going to be like six to eight weeks worth of work between clearing debris, the sand and the mud," Denny said. "Some of them we know are washing away that we can visually see."

Ever since the Lens Small Levee broke last year, flooding has been a fear for the people who live in this area. 

Even minor flood waters like this flood have had a large effect on the county which includes flooding many acres of farmland. 

Denny said it is important to get those roads repaired after the flood waters recede as the roads serve access to upwards of 8,000 acres of farmland. 

"It's a bad deal when it happens once. Now that it's happened twice, it's even worse," Denny said. "It's not a sustainable thing that we can just go every year go rebuild all these roads."

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