A 2012 John Deere backhoe was washed into a creek over the weekend as approximately five to eight inches of rain swept through Camden County.

A 2012 John Deere backhoe was washed into a creek over the weekend as approximately five to eight inches of rain swept through Camden County.

Road and Bridge Administrator Lee Schuman confirmed on Thursday morning that the backhoe was parked on a low-water crossing slab as crews were working to repair an embankment from a 2015 flooding event.

Estimated at a cost of $105,000, the backhoe was included in Camden County’s preliminary estimates of $400,000 worth of damage to public roadways and bridges. The equipment was parked acting as a barrier to prevent traffic from damaging the construction site, Schuman said.

Because the backhoe is mostly electronic and was submerged for sometime under water, it is considered a total loss, though the depreciation value is unknown at this time.

Schuman said motorists have destroyed barricades in the past and they will now use large boulders from preventing traffic from accessing closed roads that are being worked on.

A Camden County citizen, Garrett Hicks, posted two public videos on Facebook on August 7 and August 8 appearing to show the man locate the submerged backhoe in a pool of water on the opposite side of the creek.

The County is hoping a disaster declaration will be made to the Federal Emergency Management Department (FEMA) on behalf of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. If no disaster declaration is issued, the Road and Bridge Department would need to pull funds from other line items to cover the cost of the repairs project in the 2018 budget.