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Roy Presson (C) embraced his daughters Catherine (L) and Amanda on Tuesday as they stood on the edge of State Highway HH looking out at their family farm in Wyatt, Mo. The Presson home and 2,400 acres of land that they farmed was flooded when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a massive hole in a levee at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to help save the town of Cairo, Ill. (Getty Images)

Third Levee Levee Blast Planned In Missouri

May 4, 2011

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After two blasts yesterday that opened breaches in levees along the Mississippi River in Missouri — to flood rural areas in the hope that doing so will relieve pressure upstream along the Ohio River — the Army Corps of Engineers plans a third explosion for some time today, KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Mo., reports.

The Associated Press reports that "flood worries that prompted the U.S. government to blast open a Missouri levee to ease pressure on some towns are rippling down the Mississippi River, prompting more evacuations and unease. ... Downstream of Cairo [Ill.] — in southeast Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana — concerns are growing as the Mississippi River continues to rise."

Meanwhile, KFVS says there's this sobering word of warning from local officials in Mississippi County, Mo.:

"Coroner Terry Parker is advising the public that a number of cemeteries and grave sites in Mississippi and New Madrid Counties will be flooded. ... The public is advised that if they should see any displaced or floating caskets, vaults or skeletal remains, they should not try to recover them, but should report the exact location of the sightings immediately to the Coroner's office."

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