Caruthersville is the next big Missouri target for the Mississippi River. The flood has exceeded the record at Caruthersville set in 1937. The casino has been closed. The water is still going up and is expected to come within six inches of the top of a floodwall protecting the downtown area by Sunday. A secondary sandbag levee is being built behind the floodwall to contain any spillover.
A 93-year-old woman trapped with her car in flood waters in Poplar Bluff has been rescued by members of the National Guard. The woman had tried to drive through water that was running across Highway 53. Members of the Guard used a winch cable and a safety line to rescue her.
State Agriculture Director John Hagler is in southeast Missouri today looking at flood damage. He’s holding discussions with the public in Charleston, New Madrid, and in Caruthersville.
Officials in the Branson area say about 130 homes have been flooded because of high water in the rivers and lakes of the area. Some of the damage in the Hollister and Branson areas apparently has been caused by flood waters retreating from flooded areas.
A third blast in the Birds Point Levee this afternoon has created a mile-wide hole for water collecting in the Mississippi River Floodway to flow back into the river. It’s been accumulating on top of former farmland since the Corps blasted a two-mile-long hole upstream Tuesday.
This is the third blast in a series of three. The blasting of the levee has had an effect. The Mississippi at Cape Girardeau, to the north, has dropped by almost three feet. The flood level at Cairo, Ill., is more than a foot lower than the record crest Monday night.