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Corps: No final decision on levee just yet

(Source: Army Corps of Engineers) (Source: Army Corps of Engineers)
(Source: Army Corps of Engineers) (Source: Army Corps of Engineers)

The Corps is moving to H minus 24 hours and holding. Barges are being moved from Wickliffe, KY, directly across Mississippi River from access wells, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District twitter page.

The explosives are being moved from Wickliffe to Hickman, according to Jim Pogue with the Bird's Point - New Madrid Floodway information center.

They also say no final decision has been made regarding the operation of the BPNM Floodway and Rumors are circulating that operation of the floodway is imminent. This is not correct, according to the Corps. They say here are the facts: Barges have been directed to move to Wickliffe, KY and hold there.

Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, President of the Mississippi River Commission, is scheduled to host a 4 p.m. press conference Saturday at the Bird's Point-New Madrid Floodway Joint Information Center to provide an update on regional flooding, and to discuss the floodway's role in reducing flood risk.

According to the Corps, at 2 pm, Cairo river gage was 59.20 and the Memphis gage read 40.11 on Saturday.

The mayor of Cairo has told Memphis District Cmdr Col. Reichling that he has ordered evacuation of all non-essential personnel from the city.

The corps has proposed using explosives to blow a 2-mile-wide hole through the levee in southeast Missouri's Mississippi County. They agency says doing so could ease waters rising around the upstream town of Cairo, Ill., near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

A federal judge is giving the go-ahead to the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to intentionally break a Mississippi River levee in southeastern Missouri.

The break could happen as early as this weekend to spare a flood-threatened Illinois town just upriver.

The Corps also has updates on the levee via facebook.

Stay with and Heartland News for the very latest on this developing story.

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