Levee on Mississippi is broken to protect town - Weather - msnbc.com Missouri officials opposed the possible breach, saying it could inundate 130,000 acres of farmland and crush the region's economy and environment by possibly covering the land under feet of sand and silt and rendering it useless. The ruling by Alito, who handles emergency requests from Missouri and various other Midwest states, came the same day all but 20 to 30 families in 2,800-resident Cairo were ordered out of the city and away from the Ohio, which eclipsed its 74-year-old record height was expected to rise further. I lived in Cairo [Kay-row] in the late 80's. It was a dying crap hole then and it's been on a steady decline. We are saving a slum, that no one would miss, to destroy 130,000 acres of farmland, in a time of increasing food prices. That just makes no sense. On top of that, Cairo has a sink hole about 150 yards from a river, near an old part of the town. Can anyone tell me why they decided to save this place over MO?