More Missouri National Guard troops head to southeast Missouri

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 3:45 p.m. CDT; updated 4:40 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 30, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — More troops from the Missouri National Guard are heading to southeastern Missouri near a levee along the Mississippi River.

A federal appeals court on Saturday cleared the way for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blow a hole through the levee to try to prevent flooding in a small Illinois town upriver. The Army Corps is still weighing its options.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Saturday that he ordered about 100 members of the Guard to southeastern Missouri to join more than 600 troops already there. The troops have helped evacuate the roughly 200 residents living there, and Nixon says evacuations now are complete.

Nixon says the Guard has set up command posts and checkpoints in the evacuation area to help secure homes and property.

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