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    Posted May 10, 2011 by
    lapvc
     
    Staff
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    Cairo, Illinois
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Mississippi River flooding

     
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    and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Mississippi River flooding
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    Saving Cairo

     

    Vickie Caldwell, hair white with experience and heartache, ignored an  evacuation order and stayed in Cairo, Illinois, the small city between the  Mississippi and Ohio  Rivers    

     

    Caldwell was born and raised in the small city and raised a daughter  and a son here, only  lose him to murder as an adult.  

     

    Farmers in Missouri lost their  crops and houses when a levy was blown up to save Cairo.

     

    Some people  cracked Cairo, with a decayed  downtown and less than 2,500 residents, was not worth saving.  Caldwell bristles at  such comments. “I hear it a lot. It makes me feel sad you know. They don’t live  here they don’t know the people here.  We’ve got good people  here.

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