I am from Missouri.
Southeast Missouri, to be exact.
Unless you live under a rock (or in a different country!!) you probably know it’s been raining like crazy.
I heard on the news that the Army Corps of Engineers was going to blow an 11,000 foot (2 mile) hole in a levee in Missouri to prevent flooding in the town of Cairo, Illinois. The Missouri side would flood 130,000 acres of farmland, but would save Cairo.
I don’t necessarily agree with this decision and apparently I’m not the only one.
“Missouri’s legal bid to block the breach was rejected by federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Sunday refused to intervene. Missouri officials said the incoming water would crush the region’s economy and environment by possibly covering the land under sand and silt and rendering it useless.”
THey are saving a town of 2,800 people. A town that does not contribute anything to the economy (nothing legal anyways) and has been on the decline for years. Instead they are flooding homes in Missouri and valuable farmland.
It’s funny to hear ‘local’ news on a radio station in Okinawa.
I pulled these pictures off the area’s main newspaper’s site.
|Picture of the levy blowing up|
|Interstate 55 – I’m guessing this is the Diversion Channel|
|Side view of I-55|
|Downtown Cape Girardeau has a floodwall, for good reasons|