Birds Point Levee
2:34 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Flooding stops at SE Mo. levee breach at Birds Point

For the first time in more than five weeks, the Mississippi River has dropped low enough to stop flowing through a gap in a blown-up levee in southeast Missouri.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells The Associated Press that the river stopped flooding through the Birds Point levee Thursday.

It had been flowing through the gap since the corps blew a hole in the levee on May 2 to relieve flooding pressure on nearby Cairo, Ill.

An estimated 130,000 acres were flooded in Missouri because of the intentional levee breach. Water remains on some of that land but is flowing back into the Mississippi River

Although floods are now forecast on the Missouri River, the corps says that is not expected to cause renewed flooding on the Mississippi River.