Corps Blasts Levee South of Cairo; Ohio River Begins Receding Immediately

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Army Corp of Engineers via KFVS
Explosives detonate the Birds Point levee last night.
The final decision to breach the Birds Point levee along the Mississippi River came at 5 p.m. yesterday. Five hours later, explosives lit up the night sky and shook the earth as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated a blast in the levee that will flood some 130,000 acres of southeastern Missouri farmland in order to save the historic (and dying) town of Cairo, Illinois.

Moments after the explosion, the effort appeared to be working, with water levels on the nearby Ohio River that borders Cairo dropping immediately. Per KFVS in Cape Girardeau:
At 10 p.m. (three minutes before the first explosion), the Ohio River at Cairo was at 61.72 feet. At 11 p.m., the river was at 61.29 feet. That's a drop of 5.16 inches.

At midnight, it was down to 61.13 feet. At 1 a.m., the Ohio River at Cairo was 60.98 feet. That's a drop of 8.9 inches since Birds Point levee breech three hours ago.

At 2 a.m. the river was at 60.92 feet. At 3 a.m. the river was 60.81 feet. At 4 a.m. the river was at 60.73 feet. At 5 a.m. the river was at 60.67 feet. At 6 a.m. the river was 60.62 feet.
The Corps plans to blast another hole in the levee today near New Madrid, Missouri (some 40 miles south of Cairo) to eventually let the flood water return to the Mississippi River. 

Below is a brief video of the blast.


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Ozzyman1104
Ozzyman1104

I sincerely believe they want to destroy "OUR" means to grow food to be "more" self-reliant  rather than  have to DEPEND ON THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT. THIS IS ALL DESIGNED, MORE AND MORE ARE REALIZING THIS... COME ON ALREADY "THEY ARE SETTING US UP  BIG TIME!!!

Pandanotorious
Pandanotorious

in my math 61.72 minus 61.29 equals .43, am I missing something here.

KITTY
KITTY

FAST FORWARD: CITY OF CAIRO DESTROYED BY A FLOOD OF HISTORIC PORPORTIONS. THE WORST IN HISTORY. DAMAGES MAY EXCEED $700.00.

Mike N.
Mike N.

That's one way for the Corps to ensure job security -- build levee, blow up levee, rebuild levee, repeat. It's like a bizzaro Myth of Sisyphus...

Amy_in_StL
Amy_in_StL

I equals 0.43 feet - which is 5.16 inches.

That, boys and girls, is why math is important when you grow up - you can avoid embarrassing yourself with your lack of basic math ability.

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