Flood unease builds south along the Mississippi

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Flood worries that prompted the U.S. government to blast open a Missouri levee to ease pressure on some towns are rippling down the Mississippi River.

The floooding is prompting more evacuations and unease as the Army Corps of Engineers weighs whether to purposely inundate more land with water.

The breach of southeastern Missouri's Birds Point levee was heralded by some Illinois towns along the Ohio River as a needed relief from record flooding. The man who ordered that action says he may do the same with other Mississippi River spillways as flood prospects mount.

Downstream -- in southeast Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana -- concerns are growing as the Mississippi River continues to rise.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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