Mississippi County, Mo. Flooding

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On May 2, 2011 the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee was blown up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to divert rising Mississippi River floodwaters away from Cairo, Illinois. Flooding wiped out about half of Mississippi County's farm acreage - a severe blow for area farmers who are among Missouri's leading wheat and soybean producers. - Location: East Prairie, MO
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