Rundown News Blog   May 4, 2011

Controlled Levee Breach Floods Missouri

1 - Before and After: Flooding in the Wake of Levee Breach     In an effort to spare Cairo, IL and other cities downstream, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used explosives to breach a protective levee near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. This map shows the landscape before and after the breach. (Credit: NASA)
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2 - Bird's Point Levee    Floodwater flows over the Bird's Point levee after the Army Corps of Engineers blew a massive hole in it to divert water from the town of Cairo, IL and other areas downstream on May 3, 2011. The diversion flooded about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland and 90 homes in the state. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, the rivers swollen, and caused widespread flooding in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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3 - Farmland Submerged    Floodwater engulfs a farm after the Army Corps of Engineers blew a massive hole in a levee at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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4 - Family Farm     Roy Presson, center, embraces his daughters Catherine, left, and Amanda as they stand on the edge of a state highway looking out at their family farm on May 3, 2011 at Wyatt, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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