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The U.S. Appeals Court in St. Louis on Saturday denied a request by Missouri's attorney general for an injunction to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from opening up an emergency floodway to ease near-record flooding on the Mississippi River. On Friday, a U.S. district court had rejected the state's motion for a temporary restraining order against the move, which would send a quarter of the Mississippi's flow coursing over 130,000 acres of prime farmland and homes of some 200 people. Major Gen. Michael Walsh, president of the Mississippi River Commission and a top officer with the Corps, has said he can't be sure whether he will activate the floodway to reduce pressure on levees and protect surrounding towns amid expected record flooding at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Earlier this week, he ordered the Corps to bring barges with explosives and other materials to the area from Memphis, Tenn. On Saturday, Gen. Walsh ordered the barges to be moved from Hickman, Ky., to Wickliffe, Ky., where they will be directly across from Birds Point, Mo. If the general decides to go ahead with the plan, the Corps will set explosives to blow a two-mile-wide hole in the levee at the top of the floodway, which measures 35 miles long and up to 12 miles wide.
Originally posted by StealthyKat
reply to post by RajunCajun
Wow....it's the first I have heard of this...thanks for the heads up! I'm in Terrytown (gretna) on the westbank....so I THINK I'm ok. I'll be watching this though.