WYATT, Mo. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the level of
the Mississippi River has dropped dramatically since the Army Corps
of Engineers blew a hole in a levee to try to prevent a small
Illinois town from being submerged.
The weather service says on its website that before the
intentional breach at Birds Point late Monday the river was at
61.72 feet and rising in Cairo (KAY'-roh).
It says the river is at 60.62 feet as of Tuesday morning and
that it is expected to continue falling to 59.4 feet by Saturday.
The Army Corps exploded the levee after nightfall Monday,
sacrificing 130,000 acres of rich farmland and about 100 homes in
Missouri to spare Cairo, a town of 2,800 residents that is at the
confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.