* I’ll post flood/levee/court updates as warranted. In the meantime, here’s an e-mail from a reader…
Dear Mr. Miller,
Thank you for posting so much information about Cairo. I’m in Cairo still. I own a home here. The most frustrating part of this ordeal is the lack of information coming from our city leaders. If not for my 21-year-old daughter hearing info from friends, we’d know nothing.
This morning I spoke with George Bell, the owner of Bell Monument in Cairo, and he said that is the most frustrating thing for him, too. He has records dating back 70 years in his office & he doesn’t know how high we are supposed to move everything. Same with me. I spent the past few days moving everything I could, from my basement & garage. Then stacked everything on tables & beds on the first floor. Sadly, a St. Louis news station interviewed someone who said if the Cairo levee fails the entire town will be under 15-20 feet of water. If that’s true, I’ve been wasting my time. Or, do I need to move valuables to my second floor? I don’t know.
George & I wish the city would hold a town hall meeting at City Hall to inform those of us still here. George contacted Marty, in charge of emergency services… but nothing is planned.
I rented a motel in Sikeston, Missouri for 5 days for my kids, but I’m a single mom & want to try to save what we have. That’s why I’m still here. My sons are on their way from Peoria to help with sandbagging.
I got off topic:) I’m writing to say thank you for covering Cairo & not doing what most news stations are: portraying Cairo as poor & black. We are more than that, but even if it was true… it still should be saved.
If you have pull with the Corps of Engineers, please tell them to blast the Birds Point levee ASAP!:D
Our homes are important. They are filled with memories & it’s where our children return for holidays and when they need to be with family.
My advice to her was to get the heck outta there. Whatever happens, best of luck to her, all of Cairo and all of southern Illinois as everybody deals with this devastating flood.