CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "very grateful" for the intentional breach of a levee to save a small southern Illinois town.
Quinn announced Tuesday that the water was receding after the Army Corps of Engineers blew a hole in a levee near Cairo (KEHR'-oh) shortly after nightfall on Monday.
By blowing a hole in the Birds Point levee, officials decided to sacrifice 130,000 acres of rich farmland and about 100 homes in Missouri to spare the Illinois community of 2,800.
Quinn asked people to pray for those in the region who are battling the floods. And he warned that there would be a lot of water in southern Illinois in the coming weeks.
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