Waiting to Rebuild
The Brunswick levee broke one month ago yesterday. And there is still a lot of water where it shouldn't be. Water broke through their levees in the floods of '93, '95, '96, and last month. Now all residents can do is wait to rebuild.
Charlotte Cowyer knows the importance of levees.
"I'm not going to say anything bad about levees because I know they protect the town," Bowyer said.
This is a positive attitude since the levees neighboring her have a history of breaking during a flood.
"Recently we've been having 100 year floods every ten years," Brunswick resident Bill Jackson said.
Even though they are used to broken levees, residents are still getting used waiting before they can rebuild. Brunswick has to wait for the soil to dry before they can use it to fill in holes in the levees, so every hole will have to wait.
Brunswick built its own levee and had it certified by the Army Corps of Engineers. Jackson says they want to build higher levees but can't since that is regulated by the federal government. Not only are they waiting on dry soil to fix the levees, they're also waiting on Washington and FEMA to acknowledge the flood and provide assistance.
"We're not trying to send a man to the moon, we're just trying to pick up sticks," Jackson said.
"It seems that people really pull together at that time. People I didn't even know were in here working," Bowyer said.
The community came together to fight the rising water, just as they will come together to rebuild, as soon as its dry enough.
Farmers in the area are also at a stand still. Jackson says it is too late to replant the damaged corn, so their only option is to plant soybeans.
But again, they have to wait for dry ground, and they're hoping for a lot of dry weather.