Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon was given a tour of the Black River Coliseum by volunteers in Poplar Bluff, Mo. on April 26, 2011. A levee on the Black River protecting the area from major flooding was breached in several places - the Coliseum acted as a shelter.
Following the severe flooding and storms in Missouri this spring, Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to begin their assessments of damage in 56 Missouri counties.
Updated 1 p.m. with news of river closure to traffic.
The Missouri National Guard and Missouri State Highway Patrol have performed countless water rescues during the flood of 2011. But late Thursday and early Friday, many of the soldiers and officers found themselves in need of rescue.
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.
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.
Credit (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers video screen grab)
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.