Third and final levee explosion successful -

Third and final levee explosion successful

WYATT, Mo. (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers has now completed its third and final explosion at the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri.

The Corps intentionally breached the levee along the Mississippi River Monday night to relieve pressure on the floodwall at Cairo, Ill., and elsewhere nearby on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. That initial blast allowed water into 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland. About 100 homes were evacuated.

Two subsequent explosions were necessary on the southern part of the levee to allow the water to flow back out. The final blast occurred Thursday. It was originally planned for Tuesday but was delayed while additional explosives were brought in.

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