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Sen. Blunt Blames Feds for Mississippi River Flooding Problems

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(KMOX/ Tanya Sinkovits)

(KMOX/ Tanya Sinkovits)

WASHINGTON (KMOX) — Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says it’s frustrating that cities along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers have had the same flooding problems for the last 20 years.

But it is a problem he says, can be fixed.

Blunt says the federal government claims flood control is its number one priority, but they’ve gotten too preoccupied with habitat restoration.

“I’d like to see us get back to the priorities of flood control, navigation, and drinking water being listed as number 1, 2, and 3,” Blunt said on a conference call Wednesday.

“I continue to try in the appropriations committee and other place to get the dollars and the priorities to match.”

The Army Corps of Engineers say flood control is the number one priority.

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