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‘Water as far as the eye can see’

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‘Water as far as the eye can see’

Many folks upstate believe the flooding is over since the Mississippi River is back in business. This view in Union and Alexander clearly demonstrates that’s not true. Farmers here are hopeful these waters drain off in time for the fall rains.

Follow the Davis family throughout the entire year. Each month, look for updates about the family members and the decisions they make on their farm.

MCCLURE, Ill. — Water still is flooding the lives of the Davis family and their farmland along the Mississippi River bottoms in Alexander and Union counties.

While the Mississippi River is on a rapid return to normal, these photographs say otherwise.

The main highway that links most of the Davis’ homes, shop, office and land still is closed and guarded around the clock by an Illinois State Police trooper to enforce the closure.

Bill Davis now is at war against the weeds and keeping up with what mowing they can do.

“We don’t want any more weed seed for next year, and now we’ve lily pads to get rid of, too,” Davis said.

The family’s thoughts already are hopeful for next year. They are hoping for a dry enough fall to repair roads and fields and a frigid cold winter to kill off the weeds and other opportunistic plant life.

“We still have water as far as the eye can see,” Davis said. “It will go down. We just don’t know when.”

Karen Binder can be reached at kbinder@agrinews-pubs.com or 618-534-0614. Follow her on Twitter: @AgNews_Binder.

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