Army Corps of Engineers delays plan to blow levee, evacuation still on

Tuesday April 26, 2011--Barge traffic moves along the channel of the flooding Mississippi River just north of where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi near Cairo Illinois on Tuesday. The Army Corps of Engineers has delayed its plan to dynamite a hole in the Bird's Point levee on the Mississippi River and flood 132,000 acres of mostly farm land to relieve pressure from the rising river. The channel of the Mississippi is marked by the line of trees that show where the normal banks of the river are.
 Because the decision had been expected today, several hundred residents who live on the 34-mile-long New Madrid Floodway were evacuated Monday and today. Its path, which would be inundated by the levee break, is in Mississippi County, Mo. 

Missouri's attorney general turned to a federal court Tuesday to stop a federal plan to blow a levee to ease pressure on the flood-engorged Mississippi River.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan would flood more than 130,000 evacuated acres in southeastern Missouri, much of it in Mississippi County, said Attorney General Chris Koster.