April 30, 2011
Mayor Bob McDavid, left, is followed by attendants of the James Thomas Scott Memorial Celebration on Saturday at the Second Missionary Baptist Church. Hundreds of supporters gathered to honor James Thomas Scott, who was lynched in 1923 in Columbia.
Two members of the Missouri Military Honors Unit fold an American flag in front of the James Thomas Scott monument on Saturday at the Columbia Cemetery. Scott joined the 8th Regiment of the Illinois National Guard in 1910, and he was later awarded a medal in recognition of his long and honorable service.
The Rev. Donna Ellison sings to the hundreds of gatherers Saturday at Columbia Cemetery during the James Thomas Scott Monument Dedication.
Members of the Missouri Military Honors Unit stand behind the headstone of James Thomas Scott before the official dedication Saturday at the Columbia Cemetery.
Director Mark Thomas, left, and the Hazelwood Central High School Marching Band lead the procession toward Columbia Cemetery to honor James Thomas Scott, who was lynched in Columbia in 1923.
The Rev. Deloris Hill places her hand over her heart during the James Thomas Scott Monument Dedication on Saturday at Columbia Cemetery.
Day 6: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood.
U.S. Army Corps Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh talks about possible plans to dynamite a Mississippi River levee in Mississippi County on Wednesday in East Praire. The plan calls for breaching a levee on the Mississippi River at Bird's Point, just below its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Ill., to let floodwater spread across 132,000 acres of sparsely settled bottomland. Many of the barriers are little more than piles of compacted dirt that were constructed without help from engineers, mainly to protect crops. Now they shield entire communities, and they are managed by local authorities who have little to no money for repairs.
Barge traffic Tuesday moves along the channel of the flooding Mississippi River just north of where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi near Cairo, Ill. The Army Corps of Engineers postponed its decision on a proposal to blow a huge hole in the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, just downriver of the confluence. The idea was hatched as a desperate bid to reduce the amount of water moving down the Mississippi. The channel of the Mississippi river is marked by the lines of tree that would normal mark the banks of the river.
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.