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Army Corps of Engineers press conference live blog

Saturday, Apr 30, 2011

* Highlights…

No final decision has been made to blow the fuseplug levee in Missouri. Explosive-laden barges are being moved to the levee and will arrive at 9:30 tonight, or so. They’re taking this one step at a time. After the barges arrive, they have three more steps to go (move barges into final place, charge the explosives, then explode them).

Cairo’s mayor has issued a mandatory evacuation by midnight tonight.

The water gauge is at 59.1 feet in Cairo. 59.5 is the record. But the general in charge of the operation says he’s not so much worried about the levee being overtopped as he is about seepage and, particularly, those nasty sandboils that are continually forming in Cairo. Another press conference has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Check back.

* General Walsh also spoke at Cairo today. Watch

* Presser live blog…

…Adding… How about yet another version?

Water’s gonna overflow
Swamp’s gonna rise
No boat’s gonna row

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