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MAP: Pinhook flooded due to levee blasting in Birds Point

December 16, 2011 | 1:22 p.m. CST
On May 2, the Army Corps of Engineers blasted open sections of the Birds Point levee to prevent a levee failure in Cairo, Ill., and elsewhere along the Mississippi River. More than 130,000 acres of land were flooded. The 1,500-foot gap on the levee serves as an outlet for interior drainage and caused backwater flooding in the lower portion of the floodway, which devastated the town of Pinhook.

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