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Steady Rain Prompts Drastic Measures In Missouri, Illinois

May 6, 2011 by  

Steady rain prompts drastic measures in Missouri, IllinoisSevere threats of flooding have prompted Federal officials to order a levee to be blasted open in Missouri, and forced a mayor in Illinois to evacuate an entire town.

According to FOX News, Army engineers intentionally broke the Birds Point levee to ease pressure on certain residential areas. However, the break sent a wall of water over 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri.

This past weekend, Judson Childs, mayor of Cairo, Ill., ordered the city's residents to evacuate after record rainfall led to "sand boils" along the flood walls. According to the New York Daily News, sand boils occur when water penetrates under levees and begins seeping up through the soil behind them.

Torrential rainfall can threaten residential neighborhoods, especially those located near large bodies of water. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says that the best self-survival tip for residents is to evacuate in the event of a potential levee break.

However, in some cases, individuals do not have the time or resources to leave their homes in safety. In those cases, the agency recommends that people move to the highest floor in the home, preferably an attic.

Although residents are advised to turn off all utilities and electrical appliances to prepare for a flood, FEMA warns that this equipment should not be touched if a person is wet or while standing in water. 

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  • wandamurline

    So, residences that built their homes too close to the river were saved and the farmer’s and ranchers lost all their food production and probably cattle? I don’t think this was right. Just more to add to the problem of diminishing food.

    • Carole Howell

      And what would you have done on short notice, save the cattle and let the people drown? On short notice, what would you have done? It is early, the crops can be grown when the water subsides. So cattle or people?

      • granny mae

        Well I guess we will see what the right decission would be when there is no feed for the cattle and food for the living goes scarse. To be able to replant may not be as easy as it seems. Flood waters can wash away precious top soil, and the ground may not dry out in time to plant for this year. Now what happens if there is another flood next year ? I am not sure they made the right decission but I guess they had to make some decission of some kind. This situation is a lot more serious than a lot of people think. Lets pray that it is the right decission and all will work out for the best !

      • independant thinker

        apparently you cannot read Czrole. the article clearly stated the town was given an evacuation order. The levee was breached to protect the buildings not the lives in the Ilinois town.

      • James

        Carole Howell, The people wouldn’t have drowned they would have had to leave their homes for awhile. The farmland that’s being flooded will not produce any crops this year, and farmland that hasn’t seen any rain will not grow any food either. Good prices will skyrocket.

        • granny mae


          You are right on the money ! I sure hope Carol has been doing what everyone has been talking about and put away a food supply for hard times !! Some how I doubt it !

  • Bus

    What the federal government couldn’t control the rainfall and snowpack? Of course this will be blamed on “global weather change” which used to be “global warming” which was once “global cooling”…I’m so confused. I thought that Missouri might sue Illinois, but then realized that Ill. is so far in debt that Mo. would never get any money out of them. I do feel bad for the farmers who are screwed for at least one year on crop production…But they have been assured that the Federal Crop Insurance program will kick in. So thanks everyone and especially you Chinese people who are keeping our government programs afloat.

  • Maranatha! Mark

    No cattle were lost. Yes, farmers lost the use of that land while the water covers it. They also lost all the fertilizer and any other chemicals they had put on the field in prep for spring planting. Most didn’t have seed in the ground as it has been too wet and cool to have seed in the ground. Some wheat fields were lost. How do I know this? I live about 20 miles from the Kentucky side of the river across from the Bird Point area. Those farmers have lived with the possibility of this occurance since the levees were built back in the 30′s. They built the levees with pipe in the just for this purpose… to breech them in the rare event that flood waters got so high as to threaten the cities along the river. Those cities, by the way, were built on the banks of the river, mainly due to the farmers… Farmers use the barge traffic to transport their goods up and down the river to other major river port cities. Originally they were just boat docks and such, but then support businesses sprang up and folks wanted to live close to where they worked, so eventually you have cities like Cairo, IL; Paducah, KY; St. Louis, MO; Memphis, TN, spring up in support of the transport of those farm goods. So yeah, folks should live in a flood plain, but men have been living in flood plains for millennia, and all things considered – floods and such, the benefits out weigh the dangers of flooding. The farmers knew before putting they built their homes and put chemical in the ground that this was a possibility. The few dozen farm homes behind the levees a Bird Point weighed against the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of businesses and homes in Cairo, IL that could be lost if their flood walls breech, makes it easy to see why they choose to do what they did.

    • granny mae

      Easy to see why they did what they did as long as you are not the one loosing your farm and home ! The big problem as I see it is that man has gone against nature and tried to control the flow of a mighty river and never gave thought ahead of time as to what would happen when there was a winter with a heavy snow fall up stream or even months with a lot of rain fall. Like building a levie to withstand 75 mile an hour winds because there has never been a wind stronger than that! Then one day along comes a storm with 100 mile an hour winds and the levie breaks and floods the whole city ! Thinking there never has been doesn’t mean there never will be ! Short sighted thinking brings disaster to many !

      • independant thinker

        Exactly granny exactly.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        The water is affecting the installation of the flood gates in New Orleans!!! current is too strong!!!

      • granny mae

        Acording to the news I saw today on the TV, there were fields already planted, in fact the farmer and reporter were standing in a corn field that was doing real well and now was under over 2 feet of water. I’m questioning the wisdom of flooding the fields in order to save some of the big cities ? If the flooding effects the oil refineries they are talking about and the farm lands , it may effect far more people that what are in the cities ! Hard call I guess !

  • Cliffystones

    It’s funny that with all of this flooding going on I get a glossy ad in the mail a few days ago about flood insurance. Yes my home might flood, and monkeys (Not Time’s) might fly out of my behind :). But seeing this polished little mailer, combined with all of the TV ads the Federal flood insurance folks have been running lately begs the question. Wouldn’t this advertising money be better spent on providing benefits to those who need them? Of course! But we are talking about our wonderfully (ill)logical and (in)efficient government here.

    • Thamera

      My husband worked for FEMA for one year and got a first hand account of the utter waste, abuse, fraud and inefficiency of that stupid program all on the backs of the taxpayer. Just like any government run program, why protect yourself with say, flood insurance, when you know the government aka the taxpayer will take care of it for you. Disgusting.

      • granny mae


        Amen !

        • granny mae

          I will add this though, Flood insurance is extremely expensive and my guess is that many people can’t afford it ! We moved to Titusville Fl. years ago from Mich. and loved the town, never did we realize that this town sits several feet below sea level ! Never in looking for a home to buy did anyone ask if we knew the town was below sea level ! I guess we had lived there for probably 10 years before we found out the flood danger and then it came by shear luck ! My sister was working at the local hospital and we were expecting a hurricane in about a week when she came home one day and said did you know Titusville sits below sea level? I was shocked and said no because it wasn’t evident by looking around town. I asked her how she found out and she said the hospital staff had to attend a meeting explaining evacuation methods and to where in case of a dirrect hit from a hurricane ! They were told in the meeting about the sea level problem. I talked with a neighbor that had been in our area for many years about the possible flooding in our neighborhood and she said oh yes , we got flooded a year after we bought this house ! It was then that she told me they had homeowners insurance but it wouldn’t cover flood damage ! Being young I didn’t know much about insurance so I called and boy was I in for a surprise. The cost of flood insurance was way out of our price range. It was not even a thought at that time. We had 5 children and it took every penny we could muster to make house payments and the mandatory insurance coverage and take care of five growing boys, so we never bought the insurance for flooding. Twice while we lived there the water came within an inch or so of coming in the house ! I prayed and begged the Lord to spare us and he did. We had always figured that Florida was at sea level but not places below sea level, especially when you have the space center right there too. Oh well, we learned a lot and this place we have now is up high and dry, thank God ! Our realator was wonderful and made sure we knew all about the flood plain here and what was available to us here etc. She was great, and we are satisfied with our place today ! It has been a learning process over the years !

  • http://com i41

    wandamurline, if you watch C-Span 3 there is a programs on USDA and their sustainablity ag, if you want to hear some beltway BS and how it ties to the UN, as well as government getting involved in everyone eating and their enviore foot print crap. Right now the enviormental director is yaking and is one mental midget fresh from the idoit school of theories. The USDA federal budget has been only a 149 billion, what a waste.

    • granny mae

      Doesn’t that crap ust make you sick ? I cringe every time I see this stuff going on especially when the UN is being allowed into our running and control of our country. I say get them out now and keep them out because in another year these idiots will control everything in this country and the United States of America will be no more !

      • independant thinker

        Hey grannie, did you ever get a handle on your mouse problem at your house?

        • granny mae

          independant thinker !

          Yep ! Sure did. Between the cats and my hubby’s number nine shoes, that problem is taken care of ! You should have seen this old guy here stomping on a mouse ! For an old guy his feet sure are fast ! This is a man with two left feet when it comes to dancing but let me tell you, when he started jumping on mice he was doing the jig !! He got three mice in one day and evening ! Put the cats each in a room, shut up over night and they took care of the rest ! The old guy said it was time they earned their keep ! LOL ! Also the hubby has put decon in a couple places out side where the mice seem to frequent and that has taken care of that. He even got a couple big rats ! Now our new puppy is tracking their scent and going after them so I think they will be better under control from now on. The problem now is I have gofer turtles eating the leaves of my muskmellon plants in the garden. Pappa put some little fencing around them so that will help. When we see him again he will get relocated ! So far so good on the garden this year so far. I’ve done up 27 pints of green beans and 6 pints of peas and carrots, 8 pints of carrots and will do up several heads of gabbage into kraut tomorrow. Also have more carrots to dig and beets and potatoes. I’ve got peppers comming up and watermellon and muskmellon, and corn. I’m praying for a real good garden this year. Got some people coming to learn how to can and dehydrate so it will help to have a good crop ! Hope things are going well for you too !


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