The Environmental Protection Agency is looking for possible water contamination in Southeastern Missouri, in the area affected by the Birds Point levee breach.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a Mississippi River levee at Birds Point on May 2 to protect upstream communities like Cairo, Ill.
The levee breach flooded 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland, including a confined animal feeding operation.
Updated at 5:00 p.m. with comment from Ameren Missouri.
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