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Levee breach floods cropland in southern Boone County

Cropland in southern Boone County is filled with floodwater after a levee was breached Sunday morning.

The levee, located south of Easley and north of Wilton, has a nearly 300-foot-wide break.

Southern Boone Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Tom Reddford owns farmland that’s flooded by the levee breach.

“I don’t farm for a living so it’s extra money for me,” he said. “My farmers that farm all this out here, this is their livelihood, so it’s definitley a setback for them.”

Redford said thousands of acres of cropland are a total loss due to the flooding. There are about eight homes impacted by the flooding. Some residents will use all-terrain vehicles or boats to leave their houses.

Many farmers with land near the Easley Wilton river bottoms are prepared for flooding, Redford said.

“You got to scramble to get your equipment out, the cattle out and try to lesen your losses as much as possible,” he said.

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