Governors Address Mo. River Flooding

Brad Choat

OMAHA, Neb. (KMOX/AP) – In the midst of a year of historic flooding, governors of states along the Missouri River are asking the Army Corps of Engineers to make flood control the top priority in managing the river.

After a meeting Friday morning in Omaha, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon explained why, “If in fact that is used as a fulcrum of change, it will be change we think will protect towns, protect property, protect value, and help us rebound this economy.” 

One Missouri River governor, however, is not on board with the request.

Montana’s Brian Schweitzer says the joint statement signed by more than a half-dozen governors is tilted toward downriver states, and could hurt recreation and wildlife interests along the Missouri.

Copyright KMOX Radio/Associated Press

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