Gov. Nixon cut funding for education and stockpiled tax revenues two years ago while committing $150 million to respond to the deadly Joplin tornado and widespread flooding.
“It held up to its level of protection and then once it overtopped then the soil couldn’t handle the erosive forces of the water,” Project Manager Matthew Hunn said.
Another line of strong thunderstorms pushed thru the St Louis area Sunday evening-dumping large amounts of rain-prompting numerous flash flood watches and warnings.
Team CEO says water rose to 10th row of Saddledome arena, lockerrooms were submerged.
The Columbia Bottom area is left severely damaged after a levee breach cause by recent flooding.
The waterway has crested from Iowa through southern Missouri and Illinois, but it remained above flood stage at many spots Monday.
Nearly $1.5 million in tornado, flood damage in St. Charles County alone.
Nixon was heading to St. Charles County on Friday for an aerial look at the high water and the condition of levees.
The National Weather Service said the river had crested in the St. Louis area and the Illinois towns of Grafton and Alton further north.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the federal government has gotten too preoccupied with habitat restoration, instead of flood control.