Water still a concern to residents in New Madrid County
June 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM CDT - Updated June 24 at 6:36 AM
NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Late Tuesday evening, water still rushed over the roads new Dorena on the south end of the area affected by the Birds Point levee breach. It's quite a different scene from the north end near Pinhook. Both areas sustained major damage as the water rushed in, but near Dorena more water remains.
"It looks like a bomb went off. That's what they did they bombed us," said Milus Wallace who lives near Dorena. "It looks more like a tornado than a flood."
Water reached the roof of his home. He says he lost two million in the house, pool, and items that surrounded it. Meanwhile he estimates a loss of about half a million in this year's crop. Wallace farms 1600 acres.
"Most of it's still under water," said Milus. "Underwater, or covered by feet of sand."
"I thought it would get high but not that high," said his wife, Wanda Wallace. "I want my levee fixed."
The levee Wanda is talking about is the site of the third breach just under a half mile from what's left of her home.
Wanda and Milus say water is still flowing in from the Mississippi not out.
"We just want the water off our farm so we can work!," said Wanda.
"There's water all over the roads still. Not telling how much damage is there," said Milus. "It's an obstacle course just to get to the house."
The family wants to rebuild here, but they say that is still up in the air.
"We just want them to build the levee back the way it was," said Milus.
Thursday, the issue of rebuilding the levee will be discussed in East Prairie at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Church of God Family Life Center.