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May 1, 2011 3:51 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Police making door-to-door checks in Cairo Ill.

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) - Police are going door to door throughout Cairo (KAYR'-oh), Ill., to clear out any remaining residents after the mayor issued a mandatory evacuation over flood concerns.

The National Weather Service says the Ohio River has reached record levels and is not expected to crest in the southern Illinois city until Tuesday.

Police Chief Gary Hankins could not immediately say how many people remained in the 2,800-resident southern Illinois city along the Ohio River. It's not immediately clear if these are people who didn't hear of the evacuation order or people who are unwilling to leave.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still considering whether to blow up a Missouri levee in an effort to protect Cairo.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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