Cairo residents evacuate flooded farmland

April 27, 2011 | 4:32 p.m. CDT
A flooded farm can be seen in the distance from Highway 62 near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers on Tuesday in Cairo, Ill. At least 100 Cairo residents heeded their mayor's plea to voluntarily evacuate the southern Illinois city as the Ohio and Mississippi rivers rose around it, and officials said the evacuations could become mandatory if the Ohio gains a few more feet. Mayor Judson Childs also defended a controversial U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to protect his struggling town of 2,800 by intentionally breaking an upstream levee that now protects about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.

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