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Vehicles Banned from Cairo Levee During Flooding
By West Kentucky Star Staff
CAIRO - The city of Cairo has banned vehicles from areas near the levee until further notice.

Due to current flooding, city leaders closed levee roads and approaches to those roads, effective at 9:00 Wednesday. The ban includes cars, trucks, farm equipment, ATVs or UTVs.  Only authorized personnel will be allowed in these areas.  

Officials say the restrictions are a precautionary measure to prevent unnecessary vibration and weight on the levee system due to the high water levels.

As of 9:00 am Wednesday, the Ohio River at Cairo was at 48.68 feet, and it is expected to crest Thursday at 49 feet. This is in the moderate flood stage. The Mississippi River crested Saturday at nearby Bird's Point at 46.06 feet, and crested at Cape Girardeau on Monday at 46.33 feet. 

There was no estimate given for how long the levee restrictions would be in place.

Published 02:26 PM, Wednesday Jun. 12, 2019
Updated 06:12 AM, Thursday Jun. 13, 2019

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