Lawmakers address Missouri River flooding

Flooding caused more than $3 billion in damage. Proposal would change the way the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manage the dams and levees.

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March 10, 2020 - 9:07 AM

Flood waters surrounded a house near Craig, Mo., on March 21, 2019, after a levee breached. Photo by (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/TNS)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican senators from four states that have seen severe flooding from the Missouri River are backing legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its management of the river to reduce flooding risk.

The measure, which was introduced Thursday, follows criticism from residents of flooded areas that the Corps should give flood protection a higher priority than environmental, recreational and other needs.

The proposal would require the Corps to take steps to reduce flooding risks along the lower Missouri River by changing the way it manages the dams and strengthening levees along the river. The proposal is backed by all the senators from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

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