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Originally posted by deathproof
They blasted it.
It is now flooding.
Google News 5-5-2011 Miss. River flooding news stories
edit on 5-5-2011 by deathproof because: added google news source links
Originally posted by UnholyBones
According to KFVS
"The corps says it will complete operations on the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5."
So we still have a couple hours before the third blast.
Obama declares state of emergency
Published: May 5, 2011 at 10:21 AM
WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has declared states of emergency in Tennessee and Mississippi because of flooding along the Mississippi River.
Obama ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts Wednesday in both states as flood-control experts prepared to blow a final hole in the Birds Point-New Madrid levee to reduce threats to populated areas.
CNN said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to blast the final crevasse in the Birds Point-New Madrid levee Thursday.
The opening of the Birds Point-New Madrid flood way is inundating 130,000 acres of prime farmland in Missouri. That has angered farmers in the area and Missouri officials, but has had its intended effect, with the Ohio River -- a record 61.72 feet at 10 p.m. Monday -- down almost 2 feet by Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, commander of the Corps' Mississippi River Valley Division, said without the breaches, massive flooding could inundate communities throughout the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys..... www.upi.com...
COMMERCE, Mo. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers levee at Commerce is now the last line of defense for southern Scott County.
A private levee which had provided protection for farmland between the corps' levee and the Mississippi River was breached sometime Monday night or early Tuesday, according to Amber Scudder, emergency management director for Scott County.
"The water is now to the corps' levee -- it flooded 5,500 acres of farmland," Scudder said Tuesday. The levee was breached "sometime in the middle of the night -- apparently nobody knew about it. The farmers didn't know about it until the morning when they went out to look at it."
Originally posted by crimvelvet
It is not just loss of houses but the loss of vital FOOD producing farms!!!!
Explosion from Birds Point levee in Mo. felt in Dyer County
I strongly suggest planting a garden if you can and contacting a farmer about buying meat animals.....