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The main levee in Winfield failed May 4, 2019, near the Pillsbury grain elevator on Pillsbury Road.
File Photo | Winfield Foley Fire Protection District

Updated at 4 p.m., June 3 with comments from the Army Corps’ St. Louis District office — Floods continue to plague towns located near rivers in Missouri and Illinois. Some rivers crested this weekend in the St. Louis region, causing levee breaches, forcing evacuations and approaching the record flood levels set during the Great Flood of ’93.

A levee along the Missouri banks of the Mississippi River breached Sunday in Lincoln County near Winfield, about an hour northwest of St. Louis.

The main levee in Winfield failed May 4, 2019, near the Pillsbury grain elevator on Pillsbury Road.
File Photo | Winfield Foley Fire Protection District

Updated: 8:50 p.m. May 5 — with information about flood damage to an Illinois American Water plant.

Floodwaters have continued to rise over the weekend in areas along the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers.

In St. Louis, the Mississippi River had reached nearly 41 feet by 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning — more than 10 feet above flood stage. The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest at 41.6 feet Monday morning.

Winfield man rescued from fire, then charged with sex crime

Jun 18, 2012

A Missouri man rescued from his burning home is now charged with a sexual assault that allegedly happened in the house just before the fire broke out.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Elijah Wisniewski of Winfield was charged Monday. He is jailed on $50,000 cash-only bond.

Wisniewski was rescued Thursday after a Winfield officer saw flames coming from the home. At about the same time of the rescue, a woman called police to say she had been sexually assaulted by Wisniewski inside the home.

As the flood waters retreat

Jul 6, 2008
Diane Hays helps get the outside clean, as the inside of the house waits for FEMA. 300 pixels 2008
Kristen DiFate | Special to the St. Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 6, 2008 - WINFIELD— Diane Hays intently worked the power washer, blasting a filmy layer of grime from Mike Moran’s homemade slice of heaven.

Any other Independence Day, Moran's bachelor paradise of a patio would be buzzing: Friends crowding the handcrafted wooden bar. Baseball on the television. Hot dogs sizzling on the grill. But this year, the Winfield homeowner’s Shangri-La is a soggy, mud-stained mess. 

Highway 79, Revisited

Jun 23, 2008
johnboatonroad300.jpg While Joe Landrigan can get around with an ATV, some people need boats to check on their homes. 300 pixels. 2008
Kristin DiFate | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 23, 2008 - ANNADA -- Joe Landrigan's utility terrain vehicle cut a frothy wake through caramel waters, the lone sound -- and sign -- of life in this speck of a town along Highway 79 in Lincoln County.