19 Levees Now Breached

More failures in Ill., Mo., swamp farmland
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2008 1:20 PM CDT
Members of the Illinois National Guard work on securing the levy along the Mississippi River in Meyer, Ill., Tuesday, June 17, 2008.    (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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(Newser) – More levee breaks in Missouri and Illinois today put at 19 the number that have failed along the cresting Mississippi, Reuters reports, further swamping farmland. "They were lower level agricultural levees," said an Army Corps of Engineers spokesman. "We're also watching another seven levees that may overtop in the next couple of days … all agricultural levees."