Governors Question Flood Readiness Along Missouri River

Missouri River flooding is shown in this June 1, 2011, aerial photo taken over Sioux City, Iowa, and looking towards South Sioux City, Nebraska. Communities along the Missouri River including Dakota Dunes, SD, Sioux City, Iowa, and South Sioux City, Nebr., are preparing for anticipated floods in the wake of record high releases from upstream Missouri River reservoirs. (AP Photo/Sioux City Journal, Tim Hynds) NO SALES MAGS OUT TV OUT ONLINE OUT MANDATORY CREDIT


By Lisa Kunkel

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Missouri River governors plan to question a top officer for the Army Corps of Engineers about the agency's plans for stopping future floods.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is hosting Wednesday's meeting in Bismarck. The governors of South Dakota and Kansas and the lieutenant governors of Nebraska and Iowa plan to attend in person. The governors of Montana and Missouri are listening in by telephone.

Brig. Gen. John McMahon is commander of the region that oversees the management of the Missouri River and its network of dams. He'll be briefing the state officials on the corps' flood-control plans.

States along the Missouri River sustained hundreds of millions of dollars in flood damage last year. Dalrymple says the governors want to know about federal plans for preventing another disaster.

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