US army blasts holes in Missouri levee to save town from flooding destruction

Guardian: The levee breaches will save Cairo, Illinois, which has been evacuated due to severe flooding. Photograph: Stephen Lance Dennee/AP Engineers have blown up a levee in the US midwest, hoping to save a historic town from destruction by raging flood waters – but condemning a vast expanse of rich agricultural farmland. Late on Monday night, the US army corps of engineers began detonating charges embedded in the levee at Birds Point, Missouri, in order to create a 610-metre (2,000-ft) breach. The......

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