Skip to comments.Barge loaded with explosives was making its way from Memphis, Tenn., to Charleston, Mo
Posted on 04/27/2011 10:08:43 AM PDT by silentknight
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 ~ Updated 11:06 AM
By M.D. Kittle ~ Southeast Missourian
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this hour is setting up a joint information center in Sikeston, Mo., and has tentatively scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m., according to a corps spokeswoman, although the timing has yet to be confirmed. Officials at the headquarters could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, a barge loaded with explosives was making its way from Memphis, Tenn., to Charleston, Mo., destined for the Birds Point levee as the ash gray sky prepares to unleash more heavy rains and a big decision hangs in the balance.
The Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday postponed its decision on a proposal to blow a huge hole in the levee, just downriver of the confluence. The procedure was put in place years ago as a desperate bid to reduce the amount of water moving down the Mississippi River, taking pressure off a soddened Cairo, Ill.
Mary Statum, a spokeswoman for the Corps of Engineers Memphis District, could not comment on whether a decision on breaching the levy had been reached this morning. She said corps officials met with the multistate Mississippi River Commission for several hours Tuesday but came to no conclusion.
"We're not going to make a decision until we have to," she said Tuesday. "It's nothing we want to just jump into. You don't take it lightly. We decided we can wait a little longer."
In Cairo, and Alexander County, the water keeps rising, as the hectic pace of sandbagging continues and a voluntary evacuation remains in effect.
Alexander County Sheriff's Department dispatcher Sheila Dodson said the worst of the flooding is hitting the small community of Olive Branch. The heavy rains forecast for today, Dodson said, will only add "insult to injury" to a water-logged county.
The Mississippi is expected to crest at Cape Girardeau on Friday about four feet lower than the record-setting amount in 1993. At Cairo, Ill., not too far from Birds Point, the Ohio is expected to set a record Friday, and it is already 17 feet above flood stage. Forecasts call for the river to rise by another four feet by Friday.
Look for updates at semissourian.com, and in Thursday's Southeast Missourian.
i have this mental image of them setting the explosives and pushing the plunger — just as the new madrid fault decides it’s finally time to let go . . .
Does anyone know of a website with drawings and/or maps that show exactly what is involved here?
All I can find is that it may be an issue of deciding whether to flood lots of farmland or to allow Cairo, IL to be badly flooded.
Cairo flooding out might not be the worst idea...maybe they could start over???
Did you know Cairo IL, pronounced Karo, is furthur south than Richmond VA ?
My father was a construction worker in the 1930s. He worked on a bridge over the Mississippi River at that time. He drove us across it in the 1976, during a cross-country trip. Wonder how it will fare in this situation, or if it is even still in use?
Ping to post #2.
That’s basically what it is. Go to this yahoo maps site and you can move around to see the terrain.
correction. Ohio River bridge.
Reading the title, I figured it was terrorists.
Upon further reading, I see it’s the Army Corps of Engineers.
That barge isn’t named the SULTANA is it?
I have a mental image of Tuco and Blondie blowing up the bridge with stirring Ennio Morricone music in the background.
Could be. I’m a little confused looking at different Google images. Seems like the route across the MS now is a four-lane interstate highway. I’m pretty sure the one we went over was two lanes, and scary high for the little girl I was at the time.
Oh NO! Not the “blowing up levees” thing again?
In this particular case, there's no real difference.
my image is that after all the labor of sandbagging, that theyd simply back concrete trucks up and finish the walls to ease the manpower needed next time it rains...
May God have mercy on all of a kind heart & all who Love Him.
Oh please. Relax.
We need a Lancaster bomber for this detail.
Wow, could this turn into another ‘93? Remember standing on the flood wall at Hannibal, BGH?
Upon further reading, I see its the Army Corps of Engineers.
A branch of the governmental terrorist bureau!!!
There’s nothing to relax about. I bet you don’t farm do you?
Not currently, but I grew up on one that fed us and several neighbors. I know all about the farming.
Bet you don't live in town where the water is destroying homes and businesses, do you?
Why didn’t they just call President Bush? According to the left he blew up the New Orleans levee himself. Of course high explosives are more exciting.
Cairo is projected to break the old flood level of 59.50 feet set in 1937. Having both the Ohio river and the Mississippi river at major flood stage at the same time last happened about 20 years ago.
“Reading the title, I figured it was terrorists”....
Me too! Glad I read the fine print...what a misleading headline...geez!
With a Wallis bomb?
Meanwhile, we can’t get rain in West Texas. Only 0.20 of an inch of rain in 7 months.
I just about can’t take this weather anymore, nor the fire and smoke coming with it.
It is dry here, but it’s not supposed to be this dry. I miss Kansas spring rains ridiculously right now.
bye bye Ms American Pie
Drove a POS Chevy to the levee but the levee was
This is ridiculous if the goal is to “save” Cairo, Il. I would not trade one Charleston, Bertrand, or Sikeston, Mo. for TEN Cairos. Typical C of E idiocy if this is the stated goal.
Upon further reading, I see its the Army Corps of Engineers. To hear the liberals and media tell it during the Bush/Katrina crisis, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.
You don’t live here - I do - and that settles it for me.
I thought Rumsfeld helped him while Cheney stayed behind in DC to run the weather machine.
And those same liberals and media will consider this proof that Dick Cheney dynamited the levees in Nawlins.
Hmmm. A large barge full of explosives - Sounds like Rosie O’Donnell wearing an explosives vest floating down the Mississippi.
First thing that came to my mind. Spike Lee is furiously taking notes right now, LOL.
During this flooding season? Are they crazy? Would be rather easy to lose control, wouldn’t it?
Presonally, I'm expecting a new lake, fed and drained by the Mississippi, named Lake Oh Shi...
Pardon my ignorance, but wouldn’t it be safer to simply bleed the levies along both sides of the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers? Some large pipes installed at five kilometer intervals near the top and slanting down the slope could do the job. I’m no engineer, but that’s really the first thought that occurred to me, after seeing that this wasn’t another crazed Mennonite caught by Homeland Security.
Seems like a fair question. The only reason I can figure is that the way the some levees are constructed, flooding on the 'dry' side can weaken them by an unknown amount, requiring that they be dismantled and rebuilt. Arguably, dynamiting them and letting the water carry them away would reduce the amount of work required to dismantle them. Plausible theory, except that dismantling levies and keeping the material on hand to rebuild would seem easier than rebuilding the levies with material from elsewhere.
Even if the sole loss caused by the flooding of farmland is the inability to plant and harvest one year's crop, that would be millions of dollars. How much cash money would one have to offer every inhabitant of Cairo for them to decide moving wasn't so bad?