A: The river would not be higher without levees – it would lower and it would spread out for about 80 miles from east to west in the Delta and inundate more than 25,000 miles from Cape Girardeau, Mo., to the Gulf of Mexico, Bob Anderson, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman based in Vicksburg, Miss., told Q&A on the News. Also, if there were no levees today, Anderson wrote in an email that we would have much fewer people living near the river and most of the river's major cities like St. Paul, Minn., St. Louis, Baton Rouge, La., and New Orleans because the flooding would be catastrophic each time the river came out of its banks. Most people could not live near the river if roads were closed, schools damaged, homes flooded and businesses destroyed, Anderson wrote.
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