WINFIELD, MO (KTVI)-- Flood waters are still rising along the Mississippi in Lincoln County. There, the areas of Winfield and Foley are bracing for the worst, as water is already flowing over the top of levees in some spots. A furious effort to put sandbags on top of the levees, adding a few inches of height, but in other areas upriver, closer to Foley, they’ve given up on that.
“Just can’t hold it,” Jerry Heidman said atop the levee near Foley Monday afternoon. “We were fighting a losing battle for two days. We kept thinking we could hold it and it just keeps rasing.”
Resources were being pulled back into the town of Foley itself, with the main question being whether or not the spillover will eventually make it into the many low lying homes here.
“It’s hard to tell at this point, Emergency Management Director Kelly Hardcastle said. “We’ve had the forecast from the NWS and the Corps of Engineers and it’s exceeded that forecast by a few inches and we don’t know how much more is coming. It’s hard to say.”
At one Foley home, a high school senior, Taylor Dillard, helped her parents build a wall of sandbags about four feet high.
“We started sandbagging Friday, then Saturday I had prom, so I was sandbagging before prom and then all day yesterday.”
Monday morning, upon hearing her classmates at Winfield High School were filling sandbags in lieu of attending class, she finished her bags at home and went to fill more.
“I wanted to come out and help and do all I can. We can’t do anything more at our house so I figured I’d share and help with them.”
She and others among the high school students remembered the pain of the 2008 floods here. Most were in the eighth grade then, and are thrilled to be able to help this time around.
“I know we all know a lot of people around here who can use the help and it’s good to be able to help and make an impact,” Winfield senior Leah Rosenmiller said.
Another student, Aaron Aubuchon added, “It’s definitely mind blowing. To come down here…we always come down here to look. To know that one day it can be in the banks and be beautiful to us and the next day come out and hurt everybody we know.”
How badly this might hurt depends on factors they can’t control: rain in the forecast and the flow of the Mississippi. They stopped asking for volunteers here Monday afternoon, but that could change depending on how much more the river rises.