At 10:23 Wednesday night, the Winfield levee broke. Emergency evacuations were ordered for those living on the East side of Hwy. 79… the high school has been taken over by the Red Cross to become a shelter, and the National Guard has been supervising the sandbagging efforts to reinforce the secondary levee. There are 24-hour sandbagging effort, military troops at the intersections, and a continual buzz of helicopters in the background. Here are a few links to videos, but I suspect you’ve seen it all before if you watch CNN at all. According to them, Winfield is due to float away any second!
- news video of Winfield sandbagging
- helicopter flood tour video
- You Tube video of Winfield levee breach
The good news (for us) is that we are safe & dry and in NO danger of flooding… we live on a hill, near the high school/shelter. Our power has been going off, and we may become slightly stranded if the main road into town floods, but those are very minor inconveniences compared to people who are watching their houses fill up with water. The flood stage here is 26ft and we are currently at 35.6ft, and rising.