Desperate measures for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they blow up a Mississippi River levee in order to save an Illinois town downriver.

FOX's Chris Regnier reports from near the Birds Point Levee in Sikeston, Missouri...

 ... Keith Moore... the Sheriff of Mississippi County, said he felt emotional knowing how the flooding would affect citizens of his county:


Blasting a 2 mile wide hole in the Birds point levee sacrifices approximately 130,000 acres of farmland in order to stop rising floodwaters in nearby Cairo, IL, where the Mississippi meets the Ohio river.

Listen HERE as the Army Corps of Engineers blow a hole in the levee:

FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper reports on the situation from New Madrid, Missouri: