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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -  Governors from several states along the Missouri River plan to meet with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss recent historic flooding along the river, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday.

Nixon said during Friday’s meeting in Omaha, Neb., governors will question Brigadier Gen. John R. McMahon, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ northwest district, about decisions that led to this year’s flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries.

The Corps of Engineers, which manages the river’s flow by holding and releasing water from a series of reservoirs in upstream states, has said the releases from those reservoirs have been necessary to deal with high levels of spring rain and snowpack in northern states.

Also scheduled to attend the meeting are the governors of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, plus representatives of the governors of Iowa and Wyoming.

“The threat from the flood of 2011 is still very real,” Nixon said. “Water is moving downstream at historic rates and at historic volumes.”

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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