Flooding has ravaged several eastern Missouri towns in the past few weeks. Winfield is one of those towns and is on the front lines of the flooding efforts.
Part of Winfield, the ‘downtown area’ and whatever is east of that, sits in a valley between Highway 79 and the Mississippi River to the east.
Several Winfield neighborhoods sit in that valley and have, therefore, been flooded and evacuated. The American Red Cross has set up a shelter in Winfield High School for those residents that have had to pack up and evacuate their home.
The shelter has a medical station for those in need of medical care and also has an animal care trailer.
Malachi Brendt, Nora Peters and Matthew Berentt are three Winfield residents that have taken up shelter at the high school.
They’ve been at the makeshift shelter since Sunday, June 2.
They live on Cherry Street and are pretty lucky that their place of residence is lifted high enough off the ground to not have sustained any damage to the main living spaces.
“When the Pin Oaks Levee broke, it affected us. Didn’t get in our trailer but it was all around us,” Peters said.
Other residents haven’t been so lucky.
Keith Abernathy stated that after the flood in 93, several of the neighbors made sure to prepare their homes for if that were to ever happen again. Several even started from scratch and built homes that were well raised up off of ground level, but on Cherry Street, Elm Street, Killam Street, Hewitt Street, Walnut Street and anything east of that block, there are dozens of homes that have been breached by the flood.
An update on the flooding provided by the Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Jim Sharp on Thursday, June 6, shows the Mississippi River at Winfield (Lock and Dam 25) at 38.49 feet, cresting, and said that they were expecting to see it recede that afternoon but remain at or above major flood status until the 16 of June. The Cuivre at Old Monroe was at 33.95 feet and it was expected to recede as well.
The Cuivre River is forecasted to remain above major flood status until June 13. The Mississippi River at Clarksville was at 36.56 feet and falling at the time of reporting and is forecasted to remain in major flood status until June 14. Breaches remain in the Winfield Main, Old Monroe Public (Cuivre River), King’s Lake, Elsberry, and Pin Oaks levees and sandbagging efforts were put on hold on Thursday, with sandbags staged in various locations around the county in case efforts are resumed.
Due to flooding, the City of Old Monroe has been forced yet again to cancel the bicentennial events that had been scheduled for this coming weekend.
Those events are rescheduled for July 27, 2019.
On Tuesday, June 11, the health deptartment will be administering free tetanus shots at Winfield High School from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.