As of 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, the Mississippi River at Winfield Lock and Dam 25 was at 38.55 feet, the second highest crest ever recorded on the Mississippi at Winfield. It is expected to remain at or above major flood stage through at least June 15.

The Cuivre is also nearing, if not already surpassing, record crest heights.

According to a report from Lincoln County Emergency Management, approximately 2-2.5 inches of rain are expected in the Upper Mississippi River Basin in the next seven days and between 3-4 inches in parts of the Missouri River Basin.

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Just outside Foley to the north at the entrance to Old Highway 79, floodwaters swamp over a railroad crossing. Photo by Angela Ruth Lung

 

Per the report, breaches remain in the main Winfield levee, the Old Monroe Public Levee, the King’s Lake Levee, the Elsberry Levee and the Pin Oaks Levee.

The report also stated that the breaches might be getting wider with time as water passes through and erodes the edges.

The report states that private wells are “almost certainly” contaminated and should not be used until tested. The Lincoln County Health Department has staged kits at city hall in Elsberry and Winfield. The kits are available during normal business hours and at no cost.

It was also reported, as of Tuesday morning, that the city of Foley was without power.

Roads closed due to the flooding are: Highway 79 between Winfield and Foley, south of Highway C, at the four-way stop in Foley and at Highway JJ; State Highway M east of 79; State Highway N east of 79; State Highway P east of Highway 79; Jordan Road at the bridge in Old Monroe; East Burr Oak at Fisher; Sandy Slough from Crenshaw to Lock and Dam 25; Eagles Landing at Pillsbury; Pillsbury Road; Keetaman at the levee; Keetaman at the south end of the asphalt; Twin Rivers Road at the levee; East Sycamore at the levee; Old Highway 79 at King’s Lake Fox Farm Road; Whiteside Bridge between State Highway N and Whiteside Road (Winfield); Norton Woods Road (Elsberry); Hatfield Road (Elsberry); Chain of Rocks Road just before the bridge.

If it’s east of Highway 79, consider it closed. 

And with flooding come the certainty of insect infestation. 

SEMA, the State Department of Health, and the Lincoln County Health Department are all involved in locating the items, equipment, materials and licensed personnel for mosquito abatement.

Keith Abernathy, Winfield resident and flood cognoscente, was around for the great flood of ’93, and is quite the authority on what to do to prepare for the worst. 

Luckily, according to Abernathy, this flood hasn’t been as bad as the one in ’93, but he was prepared nonetheless, even storing his lawnmower on top of a neighbors shed.

Abernathy was also lucky that his residence was high enough off the ground so that it didn’t flood, or at least hadn’t yet, unlike some of his neighbors’ homes. 

But for those whose homes have been breached and affected by the flooding, the Red Cross has set up a shelter in Winfield High School. It is open indefinitely, for as long as citizens displaced by the flood are in need of it.

“As of last night we had 11 people (in the shelter), but there will probably be more,” Red Cross Disaster Public Affairs representative Carl Manning said. Several Winfield residents will be choosing to stay in their homes through the flooding, but Manning says that he will always recommend someone be safe over sorry.

“You can replace things,” Manning said. “You can’t replace people.” There is also an animal care shelter set up for those with pets that need evacuating. With the likelihood of precipitation high in the coming days and weeks, the flooding is not predicted to diminish anytime soon. 

Volunteers and emergency management professionals have been hard at work day and night to ensure the safety of all civilians.  To help, reach out to Lincoln County Emergency Management at 636-528-6182.  

This story will continue to be updated at LincolnNewsNow.com, and more information will appear in this weekend’s Lincoln County Journal.

 

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