- Posted May 10, 2011 by
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Mississippi River flooding
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.