U.S. Army Corps Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh talks about possible plans to dynamite a Mississippi River levee in Mississippi County, Mo. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in East Praire, Mo. The ... more 
U.S. Army Corps Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh talks about possible plans to dynamite a Mississippi River levee in Mississippi County, Mo. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in East Praire, Mo. The plan calls for breaching a levee on the Mississippi River at Bird's Point, just below its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Ill., to let floodwater spread across 132,000 acres of sparsely settled bottomland. Many of the barriers are little more than piles of compacted dirt that were constructed without help from engineers, mainly to protect crops. Now they shield entire communities, and they are managed by local authorities who have little to no money for repairs. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson
Wed, Apr 27, 2011 8:14 PM EDT