Len Small Levee


A new partnership could help breathe new life into Illinois lands that have been plagued by multi-year floods.

Amelia Blakely

The Great Midwestern Flood of 2019 cost Alexander County millions of dollars in damages and the hope of a future for its farmers along the Mississippi River. 

Months-long flooding and a breached levee now leave farmers, whose fields are filled with sand, debris, runaway barges, scoured several feet deep, or inaccesible because of high water covering the road, unsure of what to do next. 


Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost took to the U.S. House floor Tuesday to continue his fight for federal funding to repair the Len Small Levee in Alexander County.


The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that strengthens infrastructure at America's ports, locks, dams and waterways.