Daunting Flood Clean-Up Process Starting in Alexander County

Jul 22, 2019

The high water is slowly falling in northern Alexander County meaning residents in McClure and East Cape Girardeau are preparing for a major clean-up process.

Lesley Stoffel owns property in McClure and has been organizing a donation drive for residents in the flooded areas.

"A lot of people are starting to redo their homes and things like that. But, some of us still have water completely around our homes. So, it's going to be a long, slow, steady process."

She says the clean-up process is where the real work begins.
 
"Everything that has touched water we've been told cannot go in a landfill. If it gets burned, you have to have a permit from the EPA. So, there are quite a few details. It's not just as easy as going in, ripping it out and putting new sheetrock in."
 
Stoffel says Monday's opening of the Broadway floodgate at Cape Girardeau is good news to relieve pressure on the Clear Creek Levee.

Stoffel says the most needed donations right now are face masks and bleach for the clean-up process. Donations can be dropped off at her business, Southern Roots Hair Company in Anna or at The Spark Ministries in McClure.

Southern Seven Health Department is offering free tetanus shots to flood victims and volunteers at its Union County Clinic in Anna.