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The U.S. government on Monday detonated explosives to blow a hole in a flood levee on the Mississippi River and save several towns from being inundated, including Cairo, Illinois. Six plumes of flame rose from the area of the explosion and a loud boom was heard at about 10 p.m. local time, a Reuters journalist near the site of the action said.
By blowing up the levee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to allow the Mississippi River to cope with the rising waters of the Ohio River, relieving Cairo and other towns threatened with massive flooding. Both rivers have been rising as a result of days of rain and the melt and runoff of heavy winter snowstorms.
But destroying the levee is expected to flood more than 100,000 acres of farmland in Missouri. The state tried unsuccessfully to get several courts, including the Supreme Court, to block the move.
Originally posted by EvolEric
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Don't Be Distracted : The Real Problem = Historic Mississippi Flood/Intentional Levee Breach