CAIRO, Ill. (AP) -- More rain is falling in southeastern Missouri, where the Army Corps of Engineers spent Monday pumping a liquid explosive into a levee.
The corps is considering blasting the levee to ease inland flooding and spare the small Illinois town of Cairo from the rising Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
Missouri officials objected to plans to blast the levee, saying it will inundate 130,000 acres of farmland and crush the region's economy and environment by possibly covering that land under feet of sand and silt.
But the corps is clear to go ahead with the blast after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito rejected Missouri's plea Sunday. The corps hasn't yet announced its plans. Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh says it will take 20 hours to get the pipes filled with the explosive.
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