Landowner waiting for barges to be removed from Alexander Co. property

Landowner waiting for barges to be removed from Alexander Co. property
The barges ended up on farmland after they were sucked through a breach in the Len Small Levee (Source: Sherry Pecord)

MILLER CITY, Ill. (KFVS) - A landowner is still waiting for barges to be removed from her property in southern Illinois.

The barges ended up on Sherry Pecord’s farmland after they were sucked through a breach in the Len Small Levee about a month ago.

Barges remain on farmland in Alexander County (Source: KFVS)
Barges remain on farmland in Alexander County (Source: KFVS)

According to Pecord, officials told her the barges will be there for months, and she's not sure if she'll ever be able to plant on the land again.

U.S. lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that could lead to repairing the broken levee.

Two barges were out and a third was stuck on Miller City Road on Wednesday evening, July 3. Crews were working to free it, and there were three more barges to move.

The barges broke loose in Alexander County, damaging some farm equipment.

According to Alexander County Engineer Jeff Denny, all six barges ended up across Miller City Road and became hung up on an irrigation pivot.

Denny said the six barges broke loose either overnight or early on Wednesday morning, July 3..

BREAKING: We're with a team searching for 6 barges in Alexander County that broke loose and were sucked into a breached levee. We'll update this story as we learn more. http://bit.ly/2xqzCX9

Posted by KFVS-TV on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A loose barge has the potential to destroy a house, building, power line and irrigation pivots, according to Denny.

Denny said this is the third time this has ever happened, and if the levee had still been up, it wouldn’t have been an issue.

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