Nixon objects to Corps plan to breach levee -

Nixon objects to Corps plan to breach levee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers will decide Tuesday whether to move ahead with a plan to breach a southeastern Missouri levee in a bid to ease flood waters.  

Corps spokesman Jim Pogue says agency officials will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss their initial plan to breach the Birds Point levee along the Mississippi River, near Mississippi and New Madrid counties.  

Breaching the levee would reduce the amount of water moving downstream at a time when storms are swelling the river to flood stage at several spots.  

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon objected to the plan Monday, saying the breach would send "a tremendous amount of water into 130,000 acres of prime farmland."  

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