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McCaskill Highlights Need to Prioritize Flood Control

In a meeting with the Army Corps, Senator talks fiscal year budget and flood control in Kansas City, St. Joseph areas

March 9, 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill this week met with officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and again highlighted the need to prioritize flood control along the Missouri River, as well as possible solutions to prevent future incidents following record flooding in 2011.

In a meeting with the Colonel Anthony Hofmann of the Kansas City District of the Army Corps of Engineers, McCaskill discussed 2013 Fiscal Year budget priorities and the progress of ongoing water projects in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas. McCaskill also questioned him on extreme funding increases for the Missouri River Recovery Program, as well as plans for Missouri River flood control, citing the annual threat of flooding along the Missouri River basin.

"Unfortunately, Missouri is no stranger to dangerous and damaging weather," McCaskill said. "That's why we have to equip our communities with the best resources possible to prepare for and address the threat of any future flooding.  Flood control must remain the top priority for the Corps' river management activities."

In a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, McCaskill pressed the nominee to head the Corps on funding priorities as they relate to flood control and habitat and species recovery, saying that "discrepancy in terms of the priorities of the Army Corps is like fingernails on a blackboard to most Missouri families, particularly those who live and have land along our great rivers."

McCaskill also highlighted her commitment to the Missouri River Working Group-a bipartisan group she co-founded with Senator Roy Blunt to address flooding along the river basin. Earlier this year, the Missouri River Working Group asked the Army Corps to apply lessons from that year's flooding as it prepares next year's operating plan for the Missouri River. 


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