Pumping stations keep West Quincy dry

Work on the levee system in West Quincy.

The Mississippi River has continued to rise and brings with it an inconvenience for the West Quincy and Taylor area.

You can see high water just south of the approach to the Memorial Bridge.

We spoke with Roger Sutter from the Fabius River Drainage District Friday to see how pumping stations keep West Quincy dry.

Roger Sutter, President of the Fabius River Drainage District, knows the importance of pumping stations.

"We always want to let people know that if it wasn't for the pumping station that you can see behind me, and the levee we're on here right now, we've looked at statistics over the last several years and if it wasn't for the pumps and the levee system, the highway going through West Quincy would be under water an average of forty days a year, looking at just this year, probably looking at several months of being underwater," Sutter said.

The stretch of highway through West Quincy sees thousands of cars every day.

The pumping station pumps out a million gallons of water every five minutes into the Fabius River, which then drains into the Mississippi.

"Looking down the road, the predictions we're seeing on the Mississippi, we're going to be, at Quincy, 24, 25 foot, it looks like, for the next couple of weeks. So there is some concerns there," Sutter said. "We want to avoid any huge rain events like we've seen over the past week."

"With thirty commercial properties located there and 38 percent of Quincy's workforce traveling through West Quincy, it's no wonder why this process is important," Sutter explained.

At last report, the river is 24-point-one feet at the Quincy lock and dam just downstream.That's more than seven feet above flood stage ... and the water is going to keep going up through Sunday morning.

Sutter hopes that the pumping station can get a majority of water out the area by Monday or Tuesday.

Story by KHQA reporter Meghan Townley.