Signs of damage remain 3 years after levee breach

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CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) _ Three years after 130,000 acres of southeast Missouri was washed away when the government blasted three holes in a Mississippi River levee, part of the area has recovered from the flood, and part of it never will.

It was at the height of the 2011 flood, with water so high that nearby Cairo, Illinois, was threatened, that the Army Corps of Engineers decided to allow water into the spillway surrounded by Birds Point levee in Mississippi County. The strategy worked: Cairo was saved.

But several Missouri homes were destroyed, along with tens of thousands of acres of rich farmland.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the farmland is fertile again. But the tiny community of Pinhook is extinct, and residents say they received no financial assistance from the government.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, semissourian.com