The Missouri River in Carroll County is rising fast, and officials estimate that hundreds of acres of farmland is disappearing under sheets of water in Wakenda. Marshall resident Harry Turner has flashbacks when he sees the flood waters creep into town. “I was born and raised in Wakenda and I went through the ’51 flood. I experienced it first hand and I had to wade through the flood waters of a two story house. I had to stay there a couple of days before being rescued. I’ve been familiar with the area for a long time,” Turner said.
Turner made a trip to the Wakenda creek area Tuesday, and saw something unusual. “As I went over the newest bridge on B Highway, I noticed the water was over the road, but it was blowing west at about 2 to 3 miles per hour. The water on the south side of the creek looked like it was about 4 or 5 feet higher than the creek itself. The water was as clear as spring water,” Turner added.
According to Turner, one group is largely responsible for the disaster. “I really hate to see all of the farmers lose everything they have in Wakenda again. That makes a lot of years they have lost their crops. The federal government spent about $73.1 million protecting the wildlife and fish. As far as flood control, the Army Corps of Engineers only spent approximately $7.1 million. The Corps as spent ten times more protecting wildlife than they have farmers’ crops.”