Salisbury Residents Take Flooding into Their Own Hands

7 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, July 28 2010 Jul 28, 2010 Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5:15:51 AM CDT July 28, 2010 in News

SALISBURY- Flooding sent waters surging over bridges and roads on Highway 129, but some local farmers were ready for it.

"We've had damage for the past three or four years." said Kent Harmon, a Salisbury farmer who built several locks for the dredges that line his property.

Residents say when the Corps of Engineers redesigned the Chariton River in the 1950's they failed to place locks on the dredges. Because of this, these dredges actually make it easier for flood waters to seep up out of the river and into nearby crops.

"Something's got to be done about the waterways and getting the water out of there when it comes," said Rusty Middlebrooks, Salisbury resident, says it makes him angry to see his neighbors spend their own money on what he calls a mistake made by the Corps of Engineers so long ago.

With no other solutions at hand, Harmon says he and his neighbors will continue their efforts, "I wouldn't say we've done a 100 percent job on it," said Harmon, "it's a community project."

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