On this day, May 1
Cape river level: 45.9 feet
Cape flood stage: 32 feet
Cairo river level: 59.73 feet
Cairo flood stage: 40 feet
Rainfall: 2.79 inches
Fifteen roads in Cape Girardeau were closed. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block federal officials from breaching the Birds Point levee. The court refused to halt the plans.
The president of the Mississippi River Commission directed the Corps of Engineers to move barges of explosives across the river to Missouri and load pipes with blasting agents.
MoDOT worked to keep Interstate 55 open south of Sikeston.
The story of the flooding here was pushed to the side in the national discussion when President Barack Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden.