A Tale Of Two Neighbors

Bill Hickey has been carefully measuring water levels surrounding his home.

"When we walked in this area we were constantly squishing like we were walking on a sponge," he said. "Right in this area is where the water was standing."

And in the last 24 hours, the water quickly started to recede.

"Probably about 12-15 feet in distance and probably about a foot in depth," he said.

Water levels around Hickey's home have dropped due to a breech in a dike a few miles away.

Water was backing up onto his property because it had nowhere to go.

But his fortune is his neighbor's misfortune.

"You look at it and go great the water's going down and then you find its coming some place and its affecting someone else," he said. 'It's a two edged sword, cuts both ways."

Just down the road, Tim Main is on the other edge of that sword.

Flooding has mainly shifted due to the breech in the drainage ditch that usually flows into the Missouri River.

"It wasn't the levee, it was a dike, Saint Mary's ditch," Main said. "And they said they've been working on it non stop and I believe they have because there's been a lot of trucks out here. The National Guard's always up and down the road. They said they figured they got the mess fixed and all of a sudden boom."

Water is now covering Main's driveway and flooding his basement.

"The water stayed north of us and all of a sudden they tell us that something broke and now within a matter of 24 hours, we're under water," he said.

And while one neighbor's gain, is another's pain, Bill says he'll do what he can to help Tim out.

At least there is one option.

'Use my boat to get in and out of my house," Main said.

He's not sure yet on whether he and his family will move out. He's hoping the water has reached its high point.

Other areas in Mills County are also affected and that's where flood victims were recently allowed to return to their homes.


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