Politicians meet in Columbia, talk flooding
State and federal leaders are gathering in Columbia tomorrow to talk about ways to prevent last year’s devastating floods in northwest and southeastern Missouri.
Heavy snow and rainfall led to record releases from South Dakota dams along the Missouri River – and as a result 200-thousand acres of farmland in northwest Missouri sat flooded for months. Around 130-thousand acres were flooded in the southeast part of the state when the Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levee along the Mississippi River in order to protect the town of Cairo, Illinois.
Governor Jay Nixon, Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, and U-S Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Blaine Luetkemeyer are slated to discuss recovery efforts at a meeting of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association. Saturday’s schedule also includes an update on levee repairs by Army Corps officials. In Jefferson City I’m Marshall Griffin.