Cairo

Cityscape
4:56 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Between Two Rivers: Cairo, Illinois

Between Two Rivers movie poster
(Courtesy: The Filmmakers)

One of the films at this month’s St. Louis International Film Festival is about the history of Cairo, Illinois, the southernmost town in the state.

Host Steve Potter talks with co-directors and filmmakers Nick Jordan and Jacob Cartwright of “Between Two Rivers.”  Potter is also joined by Stace England, the lead singer of Stace England and the Salt Kings.

England calls Cairo the most fascinating town in America, and a few years ago, came out with a CD highlighting the town.  

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sinkholes in Cairo, Ill following the spring floods.
Jacob McClelland, KRCU

Army Corps to Begin Immediate Repairs to Mississippi River Levee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Mississippi River levee during flooding earlier this spring.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, who ordered the breach in early May, said the levee in southeast Missouri will be rebuilt at three breach points. The corps breached the levee to relieve pressure on the floodwall at nearby Cairo, Ill., which spared the town from being flooded but inundated about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Missouri Senate Monday night stopped just short of approving legislation to restore local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Missouri Senate Stops Short of Approving Local Control of St. Louis Police Dept.

Missouri senators have embraced a proposal that would allow St. Louis to control the city police force, ending the state's Civil War-era oversight of the department.

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Flooding
2:28 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Record crests continue along Mississippi River

Flooded streets in Cairo, Ill on May 2. The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to open the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway has brought relief to the small town, but more record crests are predicted along the Mississippi River.
(Jeff Williams/WSIU)

Updated with Gov. Nixon's request for a disaster declaration.

The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to blast the levee at Birds Point appears to have brought some relief to Cairo, Ill., but the possibility of record crests continues all along the Mississippi River.

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Spring Flooding
5:43 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Cairo, Ill. spared with levee blast, but concerns for area farmers remain

A screen grab still frame of a video by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of today's second levee blast near New Madrid, Mo. You can see video, from the ground and the air, of the blast below the story text.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers video screen grab)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing to blow holes into agricultural levees to relieve rising floodwater on the town of Cairo, Ill. (See video footage of today's second blast below).

However, sparing Cairo came at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars of Missouri crops.

Ed Marshall farms about 8,000 acres in Mississippi County in southeast Missouri.  At this time of year he normally looks out on miles of corn and wheat, but right now, his view is different.

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Spring Flooding
12:09 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

25 SE Missouri farmers sue over levee breach

Updated 1:23 p.m. May 3 with information about lawsuit:

Via the Associated Press:

A group of 25 southeast Missouri farmers is suing the federal government over its decision to blow a hole in a levee, causing their farmland and houses to flood.

Cape Girardeau attorney J. Michael Ponder filed the lawsuit Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives on the Birds Point levee to ease pressure from the swelling Mississippi River.

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Spring Flooding
5:35 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Army Corps decides to blow up Missouri levee

An aerial look at the flooding around Cairo, Ill. on April 28, 2011.
(via Butler Miller)

Updated 10:30 p.m. May 2:

Around 10:15, the Army Corps of Engineers posted to its Facebook page that the first section of the levee had been breached.

Updated 5:58 p.m. May 2 with information that levee will be broken and additional information:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to detonate the Birds Point levee in southern Missouri tonight.

Officials announced the decision this evening.

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Spring Flooding
12:29 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Lawmakers weigh-in on pending decision on levee from Army Corps of Engineers

Mo. State Highway Patrol's Roger Shikles keeps watch while passing a mailbox in Butler County, Mo. on April 26, 2011. A levee had breached in the area. A decision to intentionally break a levee in another flood-threatened area, Cairo, Ill. is pending.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 12:29 p.m. April 29:

Via the Associated Press:

Missouri officials are appealing a federal judge's ruling that says the Army Corps of Engineers can break a levee and flood Missouri farmland if necessary to spare an Illinois town upstream.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. ruled Friday that the corps' plan to breach the Birds Point levee is appropriate to ensure flood-control along the Mississippi. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis a short time later.

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Morning round-up
9:45 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 28, 2011

mbers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri National Guard survey a levy breach in Butler County, Missouri on April 26, 2011. The levee along the Black River has breached in several places, forcing authorities to evacuate residents.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Army Corps of Engineers to Decide on Levee Breach this Weekend

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will wait until this weekend to decide whether to punch a massive hole in a Mississippi County, Missouri levee to protect Cairo, Ill.

The mayor of the small city isn't waiting that long to take action.

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