May 3, 2011 by staff
Minitsunami Levee, The flames shot and a loud explosion was heard on Monday as the U.S. government breached a levee of the Mississippi River flood in an attempt to save cities in Illinois and Kentucky to be flooded.
A witness said the water started coming out of the hole after the explosion and floods are expected over time some 130,000 acres (52,600 hectares) of farmland in Missouri to spare the cities.
The deliberate destruction of dams at dusk and during a torrential rain, ended days of debate and legal wrangling over how to deal with the rising waters of the nearby Mississippi River and Ohio.
Bennett Carlin, the county commissioner in rural Missouri is bearing the brunt of the floods, estimated the U.S. government action cause and 1 billion in property damage.
“It will be like a mini tsunami here,” he said. “We really can not imagine right now.”
The state of Missouri called all the way to the Supreme Court, in a failed attempt to stop the action. The states of Illinois and Kentucky, Missouri opposition, joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in pushing for the destruction of the levees in the hope of saving several cities in their states.
A city expects to save Corps is Cairo, a historic community of 2,800 people located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The city was largely empty after a mandatory evacuation on Sunday.
Located at the southern tip of Illinois from Missouri and Kentucky, Cairo was a major destination for runaway slaves during the U.S. Civil War. Both Missouri and Kentucky were slave states, and Illinois was a free state.
“I’m very relieved,” said James Wilson, spokesman for the mayor of Cairo Children Judson. “I wish I could have done three days earlier.” He said some people in the nearby town of Olive Branch have already lost their homes to flooding.
Witnesses near the spot where the levee broke on Monday said that the waters were already so high that it was difficult to say where the Mississippi River usually ends.
The trees were standing in the water along the banks and the waters rise along the sides of the road. Floodwaters cover farmland and the rain was relentless all day, with wind chill.
At the top of the dam, told reporters in television trucks waiting by army personnel. Through the already flooded areas could see the lights of barges U.S. Army corps, where the explosives were detonated to blow up the dam. Floodwater covered the road entering the city of Cairo.
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