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Residents of Cairo fear more damage as waters rise

Sinkholes created by flooding in Cairo (Source: KFVS12 Photojournalist Mike Mohundro) Sinkholes created by flooding in Cairo (Source: KFVS12 Photojournalist Mike Mohundro)
River levels continue to creep up on the Mississippi (Source: KFVS12 Photojournalist Mike Mohundro) River levels continue to creep up on the Mississippi (Source: KFVS12 Photojournalist Mike Mohundro)
CAIRO, IL (KFVS) -

People who live in Cairo, Illinois are concerned when river levels rise. The Cairo flood stage was at 40 feet on Sunday. 

According to the Army Corp of Engineers in Memphis, when the river levels rise to higher levels it causes minor flooding in certain areas of the city.

And when waters rise, more damage is possible underneath the city-that includes damaging sinkholes.

In the historic flood two years ago, Cairo sustained water damage which caused sinkholes to form throughout the city.

Bennie Reed, of Cairo knows all too well. He lives near one of these sinkholes.

He fears that even with minor flooding, the water could cause even more damage-which could in turn expand the sinkholes or even form new ones.

Reed is also worried that if there is anymore damage to these massive sinkholes, it could put his house and family in jeopardy.

The flood stage is expected to stay above 40 until Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah.

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