The Missouri river is forcing even more highway closures tonight.
Concerns of potential levee failures have closed parts of highway 136 as of this evening and for many who commute and farm in the area, it simply adds to growing worries.
The levees on the Missouri side of the mighty mo are taking a heavy beating. Waters are spilling into hundreds of acres of farmland and residents nearby know it will only get worse.
Brandon Oswald, a farmer in Rockport Missouri, who has fields of his own underwater, says the effects will be felt for a long time to come. “Anything that gets wet is just going to stay that way. Be a lot of people that won't be able to go back on the bottom…it's just going to literally ruin homes…yeah,” Oswald says.
Back here in Nebraska, a life–long Brownville resident and farmer, blames the Army Corp of Engineers for the disaster. Corky Jones says the Missouri river was no more than a stream before the flooding destroyed nearly 800 acres of his crops and with a value of nearly $200 per acre, the fourth–generation farmer is taking quite the hit, “America is paying for this, we the people are paying for this, and you shouldn't have that much control in one person's hand or a handful of people's hands for these releases, it's just not the American way,” Jones says.
With the expectation that things will only get worse, Jones says it's a threat to the way of life along the river…”look around, look around wherever you're looking at, any town up and down here farmers and those living up and down here are the endangered species…just common sense doesn't let things like that happen, but it is,” he adds.
We spoke with a representative from the Missouri river Joint Information Center and they say the Gavin's Point Dam is currently releasing 150,000 cubic feet of water per second. That's a record number and is more than twice as high as the last record release amount.