Saturday, April 30, 2011

Flood news and a difficult decision

The good news regarding the Ohio River flood of 2011 is that in some places the river has crested and is falling, such as in Evansville.

But along the Mississippi River in Missouri, people fear the Corps of Engineers will proceed with a plan to blow a two-mile-wide hole in a levee to relieve  pressure on the Ohio  River at Cairo, where the flood is expected to top 1937 levels. Understandably, a lot of people in Missouri don't want to sacrifice their homes and farms to save the city of Cairo. Likewise, the people of Cairo don't want to be a smaller version what happened in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina. So far, a court has sided with the Corps and Cairo, but the decision likely will be appealed.

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