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CAIRO, IL - APRIL 27:  April 27, 2011 in Cairo, Illinois. Severe storms have caused rivers and streams to rise in parts of southeastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images

CAIRO, IL – APRIL 27: April 27, 2011 in Cairo, Illinois. Severe storms have caused rivers and streams to rise in parts of southeastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images

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SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) __ The Army Corps of Engineers says it will wait until this weekend to decide whether to intentionally break a southeastern Missouri levee along the Mississippi River.

The Corps has said it may have to blow holes in the Birds Point levee to ease rising waters near the Illinois town of Cairo, which sits near the confluence of the Ohio and
Mississippi rivers.

Missouri has sued to block the effort because it would swamp farmland. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday. But Corps spokesman Bob Anderson tells The Associated Press that even if a judge gives the go-ahead, the agency will wait until it gets a better forecast of the river crests to see if the breach is necessary.

That decision isn’t likely to come until at least this weekend.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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