Mississippi Reaching 61 Feet Could Be Good News For Cairo

By WEEK Reporter

April 29, 2011 Updated Apr 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM CDT

CAIRO- In Southern Illinois the historic town of Cairo could be saved if the Mississippi River reaches 61 feet.

That is, after a federal judge ruled this morning that the Army Corps of Engineers can blow up a Mississippi River levee and flood Missouri farmland and some homes there, but that water won't be flooding into the town of Cairo.

The State of Missouri immediately filed an appeal of the judge's decision. The Corps is expected to make its decision on the levee this weekend.

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