Missouri River delegations call on Corps of Engineers to prepare for potential flooding
March 14, 2014
Letter instructs Corps to update members on flood prevention plans, infrastructure improvements
U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and John Walsh (D-Mont.), along with Representatives Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), and Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to Brigadier General John Kem of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calling on the Corps to provide members with information about Missouri River flood prevention plans for the spring thaw and actions the Corps has taken since the 2011 flooding to update and repair infrastructure. The 2013-2014 levels of snowpack, comparable to those of 2011 in the Central and Northern Rockies, have raised concerns about high levels of spring runoff and ultimately the threat of flooding on the Missouri River this year.
The members write, "We are hopeful that lessons learned in 2011 will inform prudent decision-making on the part of the Corps. We believe that a greater level of engagement and information sharing by the Corps with states, tribes, local officials, and other federal agencies is critical to informing river management decisions, particularly under extreme conditions."