EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, IL — A Southern Illinois community is still surrounded by water. Neighbors in East Cape Girardeau are keeping their homes dry using sandbags. With more rain on the way, they’re hoping the sandbags will hold off further flooding.
Charles Curtis is feeling optimistic about the floodwater across the street from his home. “We just live with it. We’ll make it,” he said.
That’s because he’s lived there for 32 years, so this is far from the first time he’s seen flooding.
“I started sandbagging in ’73 when I first moved over. I moved over here in ’71. We had ’73, ’79, ’80s — and ’93 was supposed to be the biggest one,” said Curtis.
Wednesday, his eyes are on the levee as this round continues.
“I’m more concerned about the levee. If it goes over, it’s going to get everybody,” said Curtis.