Quote:In what is shaping up to be the worst flood situation in nearly a century, the swelling Mississippi and Ohio rivers have now breached their "flood stages" as persistent and torrential rains continue to pummel the Midwest states of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Many areas of these states have already been flooded, and many more are threatened by emerging sand boils and falling levees that have reached or exceeded capacity.
And unbeknownst to many Americans, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) recently filled 11,000 feet of pipe at the Birds Point levee near Cairo, Ill., with 265 tons of explosives, which it plans to detonate later this evening (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap...) in an alleged attempt to divert flood waters from the blighted town into 130,000 acres of rural Missouri farmland located right over the New Madrid Seismic Zone (http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/wea...).
Recent severe weather events throughout the Southeast and Midwest have already ravaged many areas throughout this region, and more threats are on the way as severe storms continue to develop, particularly across areas near the New Madrid Seismic Zone......
Jim Pogue, Public Affairs Office Chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gives an update on Monday morning about the possible breaching of the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, Missouri. No final decision has been made but the rising flood waters on the Ohio River are close to reaching the point that calls for the levee to be breached with explosives to lower river levels.