Birds Point flood victims ready to move on with their lives

People say it's important for them to move forward and get on with their lives.
People say it's important for them to move forward and get on with their lives.
It took more than a day for the water to reach Haney's home.
It took more than a day for the water to reach Haney's home.
"If this thing had saved the rest of the country from flooding I would have sacrificed myself and I'm sure others would have too," said Haney.
"If this thing had saved the rest of the country from flooding I would have sacrificed myself and I'm sure others would have too," said Haney.

EAST PRAIRIE, MO (KFVS) - Thursday, people in Mississippi County get a chance to meet with the Corps of Engineers regarding the future of the levee system in the Bird's Point area and their homes.

According to Jim Pogue with the Corps of Engineers, people will get information on filing a claim.

Pogue says if those claims are accepted, it's possible some could see some money from the government.

People say it's important for them to move forward and get on with their lives.

People like Paul Haney, who's used to working the land around his home, not cleaning it up.

"I never thought they'd blow it," said Haney. He's talking about the intentional levee breach meant to save river cities from flooding at the cost of farmland and homes in the floodplain.

"If this thing had saved the rest of the country from flooding I would have sacrificed myself and I'm sure others would have too," said Haney.

It took more than a day for the water to reach Haney's home. Haney says the water reached 26 inches inside his home and shed. It took a couple of weeks for it to recede, revealing a soggy, muddy mess.

Right now Haney is staying with family in East Prairie. He's anxious to find out what's next for his farm and his family.

"One day we're going to need this farmland,' said Haney.

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