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Lt. Governor Simon statement on Appeals Court decision 

CARBONDALE – April 30, 2011. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon commends today's 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals action, which clears the way for the Army Corps of Engineers to breach the Birds Point levee.

"As a Southern Illinoisan, I am proud to stand with the hard-working men and women who've come together this week to fight the flood waters and protect their homes. Today's federal appeals court action reiterates something I already know: The people of Cairo are worth protecting," Simon said.

Lt. Governor Simon joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, State Sen. Gary Forby and State Rep. Brandon Phelps in Cairo on Friday in a tour of the most vulnerable areas of the town. Simon also accompanied Governor Quinn on a helicopter tour of the region which touched down in flood-ravaged Olive Branch on Thursday.