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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team leader Jim Lloyd

April 30, 2011 | 3:36 p.m. CDT
Jim Lloyd, operations team leader with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speaks to news media Friday at the Corps' command center near the Birds Point levee. Lloyd pointed out on a map of the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway the spots where explosives would be detonated in the levee if the order is given to blow the levee. A federal judge on Friday gave the Army Corps of Engineers the go-ahead to break a Mississippi River levee and flood Missouri farmland if the agency deems it necessary to spare a flood-threatened Illinois town upstream. A day after hearing five hours of testimony over Missouri's bid to block any intentional levee break, U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. found the corps' plan to breach the Birds Point levee appropriate to ensure navigation and flood-control along the still-rising Mississippi.

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