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Water flows through an intentional breech in the Birds Point levee Tuesday in Mississippi County, Mo. The Army Corps of Engineers blew a two-mile hole Monday night into the levee to relieve pressure on Cairo, Ill., from rising floodwaters.

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Missouri levee blast eases threat to Illinois town

The dramatic, late-night demolition of a huge earthen levee sent chocolate-colored floodwaters pouring onto thousands of acres of Missouri farmland Tuesday, easing the threat to a tiny Illinois town being menaced by the Mississippi River.

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