Army Corps of Engineers to blow up Birds Point levee near New Madrid as 500-year flood slams Midwest
by: Ethan A. Huff
Monday, May 02, 2011
In what is shaping up to be the worst flood situation in nearly a century, the swelling Mississippi and Ohio rivers have now breached their “flood stages” as persistent and torrential rains continue to pummel the Midwest states of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Many areas of these states have already been flooded, and many more are threatened by emerging sand boils and falling levees that have reached or exceeded capacity.
And unbeknownst to many Americans, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) recently filled 11,000 feet of pipe at the Birds Point levee near Cairo, Ill., with 265 tons of explosives, which it plans to detonate later this evening (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap…) in an alleged attempt to divert flood waters from the blighted town into 130,000 acres of rural Missouri farmland located right over the New Madrid Seismic Zone (http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/wea…).
Recent severe weather events throughout the Southeast and Midwest have already ravaged many areas throughout this region, and more threats are on the way as severe storms continue to develop, particularly across areas near the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
This little-known fault actually has the “highest earthquake risk in the United States outside the West Coast,” and its destruction zone is 20 times that of major West Coast fault lines due to its unique underlying geology — so anything significant that disrupts this area could have devastating consequences (http://www.scchealth.org/docs/ems/d…).