Cairo, Il. (KSDK) -- A federal court has approved breaching the Birds Point-New Madrid levee if necessary. If breached, water could flood parts of Missouri, but the town of Cairo, Illinois would be spared.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is assessing the situation but has not yet decided to breach the levee. In response to the decision, more than 200 Missouri residents in Mississippi and New Madrid counties have been evacuated.
"While the Corps must reach additional decision points before intentionally breaching the levee, we have carried out numerous plans to prepare for that contingency," Missouri governor Jay Nixon said in a statement.
A Corps general said they plan to give the public as much notice as possible if they choose to activate the floodway.