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    Posted May 10, 2011 by
    Charleston, Missouri
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Mississippi River flooding

    and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Mississippi River flooding
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    Missouri farmers devastated


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Paul Vercammen and photographer John Torigoe are covering the Midwest flooding for CNN. They talked to these farmers in Charleston, Missouri.
    - davidw, CNN iReport producer

      The farm families in Charleston, Missouri, are awash in  misery.    When the Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levy to make sure they  saved the town of Cairo, Illinois  from rising the Mississippi floodwaters     Marilyn Nally, a 73 year old widow, looked at her flooded farmhouse a quarter  mile in the distance and almost whispered, “I’m very sad  At my age I just don’t  know how much I can fix up.”   


    Farmers Roy  and Ray Dennison looked out across the muddy water and could not see the tops of  their wheat crop.  The farming brothers guess they lost $350 thousand dollars in  the wheat crop alone.   Many Charleston residents  expressed that the Army Corps of Engineers should have waited longer,even days,   before the blowing the levy that unleashed the flooded fury on their fields.

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