Missouri River flooding
Corps Brigadier General John McMahon said Thursday that his agency has so far tallied $630 million worth of flood damage to the levees, dams and channels built to control the river.
Missouri’s Jay Nixon and others ask Army Corps of Engineers to make flood control the #1 priority.
“They won’t give you a clear answer,” said Larry Case, executive vice president of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents.
Professor in Rolla says many of the levees weren’t built to withstand major floods.
Priority should be on protection of life and property, rather than recreational concerns, McCaskill says.
The EPA is trying to prevent contamination of flood waters.
Thousands of acres of farmland could be underwater if high water levels persist.
“All I would ask is that people not go around barricades and do not attempt to drive through moving water.”
This morning’s storm poured up to an inch of rain, in some areas taking only 15 minutes to do so.
Only a few living on the river’s edge appear to take the threat seriously.