In the evening of June 2, the Pin Oaks Levee was breached, sending water flooding into the farmland and homes on the other side.
On Monday morning at 5 a.m., the Mississippi River at Winfield's Lock and Dam 25 was at 38.35 feet and rising. It's forecasted to crest around 38.50 feet at approximately 7 p.m., and maintain that level for 24 hours before going down.
"This represents the second highest crest on record for the Mississippi River at Winfield," a Monday briefing from the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) said.
The Mississippi is expected to stay at or above flood-stage through June 13.
Breaches remain in the Winfield Main, Old Monroe Public (Cuivre River), King’s Lake, Elsberry and Pin Oaks levees.
As of 5 a.m., the Cuivre River at Old Monroe was at 33.69 feet and rising, and is forecasted to crest at 33.90 at roughly 7 p.m. on June 4 and maintain that level for approximately 24 hours before beginning to slowly recede.
This represents the fourth highest crest (a tie) on record for the Cuivre River at Old Monroe. The Cuivre River is forecasted to remain above Major Flood Stage until at least June 11.
Even before the breach at the Pin Oaks Levee, as water began to spill over the top of the levee over the weekend, EMA warned all residents who live in areas protected by the levee to evacuate.
"If you live in an area protected by the Pin Oaks Levee and have not evacuated, the time to do so is now - right now," an EMA update stated. "At the current rate of flow, water may begin to reach homes in east Winfield between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. this evening."
The river level had been confirmed at 37.90 feet Sunday morning. Before the levee was breached in the early evening (first reports received from EMA around 4:35 p.m.), the Winfield Police Department issued a statement asking people to evacuate as well.
"The Mississippi River is coming over the top of the levee, and structures within the area normally protected by the Pin Oaks Levee will be flooded," the police's statement said. "Furthermore if you do not live east of Highway 79 in Winfield do not come to the area. Officers will be out stopping any unfamiliar vehicles. if you do not belong you will be cited for being here."
The river is expected to crest on Monday, June 3 at 38.6 feet.
Highway 79 remains closed in several locations including Foley, and a Red Cross shelter is currently set up at Winfield High School for any of those displaced by the flooding. Check back here for more updates.