April 30, 2011
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.
Sargent Ryan Welker passes a sandbag down the line during flood control efforts in Canalou on Friday morning. Residents and Missouri National Guard began sandbagging Thursday night and continued into Friday morning fighting to save homes.
Specialist Dillon Rickman carries sandbags during flood control efforts in Canalou on Friday morning. Residents and Missouri National Guard began sandbagging Thursday night and continued into Friday morning fighting to save homes.
Sir First Class David Diamond, left, and Sargent Robert Jackson look at a map of Mississippi County and plan their mission for the day on Friday. The Mississippi County sheriff issued a mandatory evacuation Friday for the section of the county to be effected by the proposed Army Core of Engineers levee demolition.
Specialist Matthew Offermann, left, and PFC Stephen Brandon try to sleep after returning to the Missouri National Guard headquarters set up in the Sikeston Armory on Friday morning. Military Police units worked 12-hour shifts manning road blocks in Mississippi County.
Flood water rises over State Highway H in the northwest end of Canalou on Friday morning. Residents and the Missouri National Guard began sandbagging Thursday night and continued into Friday morning, fighting to save homes.
April 29, 2011
Mary Bowman of Rock Bridge High School passes a fallen opponent against the Troy Buchanan Trojans on Friday, Bowman scored the only Rock Bridge goal in the 2-1 loss.
A drainage channel cannot prevent flooding in Mississippi County on Friday. Drainage channels are designed to decrease the amount of flooding during heavy rains and high water. However, due to the high river levels they have had little effect.
The Mississippi River flooded in southeast Missouri on the Missouri-Illinois border on Friday.
The Mississippi River in southeast Missouri on the Illinois-Missouri border on Friday.
A levee holds back water in southeast Missouri on Friday. Despite a complex system of levees to prevent flooding, heavy rains this spring and heavy snow fall in the winter has led to record-high water levels in many communities.
A levy holds back the Mississippi River from spilling more water into Missouri on Friday. This photograph was taken south of Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio River feeds into the Mississippi River. Cairo is at the center of the debate over the Army Corps of Engineers plan to blow a hole in the levee on the Missouri side.
An aerial view of East Prairie in Mississippi County Friday shows flooding in the distance. Parts of Mississippi County are in the area that will be flooded if the Army Core of Engineers proceed with their plan to blow the levee. However, East Prairie is not in this area.
Water flooded farmland west of Sikeston in New Madrid County Friday.
The Ohio River surrounds Harrah's Metropolis Casino and Hotel on Friday in Metropolis, Ill. The Ohio River continues to cause concerns for residents of the city. The expected crest is 53 feet of the Ohio River in Paducah, Ky., located a few miles up river. The facility was shut down because of the flooding.
A flooded home on Second Street in Metropolis, Ill., is seen Friday. The Ohio River continues to cause concerns for residents. The expected crest is 53 feet in Paducah, Ky., located a few miles up river.
Day 5: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood
From left, Beverly Griggs, Brenda Eastin and Jordena Travis wait for a carriage ride Friday outside of the Churchill Museum in Fulton. Carriage rides were a part of the royal wedding celebrations of Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton that the museum put on.
From left, Susan Krumm, Warren Hollrah and Jean Grant celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton with champagne and cupcakes Friday at the Churchill Museum in Fulton. "I used to work here, and we had a party for (Princess) Diana and (Prince) Charles in 1981," Hollrah said. "This was a fantastic turnout and a great event this time around too."
Silt-covered leaves, formerly covered in water from the Black River, are now free from their watery prison on Thursday in Poplar Bluff. Floodwaters receded as rains halted in the city.