(AP) – It’s been four years since tiny Pinhook was swamped, along with 130,000 acres in southeast Missouri, when the government blasted three holes in a Mississippi River levee.
What was left of that one-time Mississippi County village is finally being cleared out.
The Southeast Missourian reports that bulldozers have begun leveling the final vestiges of the community that had about three dozen residents when it was purposely flooded in May 2011.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up the levee at Birds Point to allow water into a spillway, ultimately saving threatened Cairo, Illinois.
That inundation made Pinhook extinct.