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    Arrow Federal judge grants corp permission to blow out levee..

    the breach will flood 130,000 acres and affect 90 homes and 200 people..

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    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. A federal judge on Friday gave the Army Corps of Engineers the go-ahead to break a Mississippi River levee and flood Missouri farmland if the agency deems it necessary to spare a flood-threatened Illinois town upstream.
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    http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world...ok-929317.html

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    interesting, the judge who issued the ruling is Rush Limbaugh's cousin..

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    looks like it will devastate some prime crop land for a LONG time..

    the "rewilding" of AmeriKa continues..

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    Corps levee plan dismays Bootheel farmers

    David Bennett
    Apr. 29, 2011 4:20pm



    With the Army Corps of Engineers preparing to blow a levee and allow a surging Mississippi River to flood their acreage (and spare Cairo, Illinois, from flooding in the process), disheartened Bootheel farmers spent the last week of April scrambling to move as much as they could out of the potential flood zone.

    On Wednesday, April 27, “Probably 80 percent of the farming equipment is out, and all that is left are a few homeowners who need to move their possessions,” said Kevin Mainord, mayor of East Prairie, Mo., who farms over 5,000 acres in, and near, the floodway. “Some homeowners are moving their possessions out but will stay at their residences until it’s evident that the levee will be either overtopped or degraded by the Corps.”


    Mainord said if the Corps carried out the plan, as much as a third of the farmland in the area would not be farmed again. “A lot of the drainage would be filled with sand and sediment. It would take years to recover. It’s ridiculous during this time and age that we would be sacrificed to save someone else.”


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    http://deltafarmpress.com/government...otheel-farmers

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    More irreplaceable topsoil destroyed or washed into the Gulf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opticsguy View Post
    More irreplaceable topsoil destroyed or washed into the Gulf.
    Which is very sad and heartbreaking for the people affected, but given the potential for this flood, better than irreplaceable people destroyed or washed into the Gulf.

    Sometimes, there are no really good options; only bad and worse options..
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    3000 people in 9.1 square miles displaced versus 200 people displaced and 203 square miles of prime farm land gone forever.. hmmm decisions, decisions,..

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    If two nations shared the river as a border this would be an act of war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilligaf View Post
    3000 people in 9.1 square miles displaced versus 200 people displaced and 203 square miles of prime farm land gone forever.. hmmm decisions, decisions,..

    I would be curious to see the demographics and average property values of the area compared.
    The truth of all predictions is always in your hands.

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    snip,

    Cairo, an historic town of 2,800 people, is at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Both rivers have been rising to historic levels as a result of days of rain and the melt and runoff of the winter's heavy snow storms.

    Both neighboring states of Illinois and Kentucky had protested Missouri's suit. Kentucky has argued that more than $32 million in damage could be suffered in Fulton County alone if the water got too high and the Birds Point levee was not intentionally breached.

    James Wilson, the former mayor of Cairo and spokesman for current Mayor Judson Childs, said they are both "very pleased" with the judge's decision.
    "We hope to God it doesn't have to be done," said Wilson of the proposed levee breach. "But we feel more secure in Cairo knowing if the river reaches a certain potential level they would take the action to ease the situation in Cairo and around us."

    Wilson said that up to 600 people had already voluntarily evacuated the town, and that Childs is "strongly" recommending Friday that senior citizens, anyone with medical conditions, and families with young children in single-story homes should leave in the next 24 hours. Flooding is already a problem in town, and people are sandbagging around their homes.
    "It's getting kind of deserted," said Wilson. "It's an eerie feeling."

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded the decision, noting that if the river gets too high and Birds Point is not blown up, water in Cairo could reach up to 20 feet, topping a two-story house. Cairo is over 60 percent African-American and the income of a third of its residents is below the poverty level, Wilson said. Alexander County, which includes Cairo, has a median income of $26,042.

    Corps Division Commander Vernie Reichling said Friday that the Corps is still in a "holding pattern" while it watches the river and the weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manuel O'Kelley View Post
    I would be curious to see the demographics and average property values of the area compared.
    i must have been reading your mind..

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