State Highway Patrol's Roger Shikles keeps watch while passing a mailbox in Butler County, MO. A levee on the Black River has breached in several places, forcing authorities to evacuate residents. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Attorney General Chris Koster is going into federal court to keep the Army Corps of Engineers from blasting a hole in the Bird’s Point levee in southeast Missouri.  The Corps says it needs to breach the levee to take pressure off of Cairo, Illinois from the flooding Mississippi River.

Koster says he wants to be sure the Corps has done everything possible to mitigate the flood before it gets to that part of southeast Missouri.  He says breaching the levee will flood about 130,000 acres of valuable farmland and flood out 100 homes.  He says it could take a decade to restore the land that would be flooded by the river.  

Listen to Koster’s interview mp3