- Posted May 10, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Mississippi River flooding
Missouri farmers devastated
- davidw, CNN iReport producer
The farm families in Charleston, Missouri, are awash in misery. When the Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levy to make sure they saved the town of Cairo, Illinois from rising the Mississippi floodwaters Marilyn Nally, a 73 year old widow, looked at her flooded farmhouse a quarter mile in the distance and almost whispered, “I’m very sad At my age I just don’t know how much I can fix up.”
Farmers Roy and Ray Dennison looked out across the muddy water and could not see the tops of their wheat crop. The farming brothers guess they lost $350 thousand dollars in the wheat crop alone. Many Charleston residents expressed that the Army Corps of Engineers should have waited longer,even days, before the blowing the levy that unleashed the flooded fury on their fields.