04/29/2011 Quinn praises decision in levee case to save Cairo
MARION (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says a federal judge made a good call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to break a Mississippi River levee in an effort to ease flood waters rising around Cairo, Ill.
Quinn issued a written statement Friday thanking the court for what he called "the right decision." The Illinois governor says he hopes the decision will be upheld.
Friday's decision gave the corps the go-ahead to break the levee in southeast Missouri's Mississippi County.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has appealed the judge's ruling to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.
Missouri officials are concerned the levee break would carve a channel through prime farmland, flood homes and displace people.
Meanwhile, Cairo Mayor Judson Childs is strongly urging residents to consider evacuating the town, as weakenesses in the levees are starting to show.
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