King to Hold Missouri River Stakeholders Meeting on Flood Management
Agenda will include discussions with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on improving Missouri River Flood Management Efforts.
Washington D.C.– Congressman Steve King announces that he will be leading a Missouri River Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd that is expected to focus on improving Missouri River flood management systems. King organized the meeting at the request of Iowa State Representative Jon Jacobsen, with the purpose of bringing together interested parties to develop a better plan to protect life, limb, and property from the life-altering impacts of continuous flooding along the Missouri River. The stakeholders meeting will be held in Missouri Valley, Iowa, an area that continues to experience severe flood events. The Missouri River Stakeholders Meeting will be held in the Missouri Valley Public Library from Noon-1:30 PM Central.
“It was something I had been considering, so when Representative Jacobsen contacted me about organizing a stakeholders meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the Missouri River’s chronic flooding, I immediately accepted his proposal,” said King. “A week ago, I took a low altitude flight to review Gavins Point discharge and the entire river down into Missouri. Much of the river bottom has again been covered by flood waters all spring, summer, and fall. I am pleased the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be participating in this meeting. We will have a discussion on the entire Missouri River watershed with a focus on Iowa and Nebraska.”
Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District are among those participating in the meeting, which will also feature invited participants representing Missouri River affiliated elected leaders, emergency managers, and impacted business and property owners.
Congressman King believes that a more proactive approach is needed to prevent large scale flood events along the Missouri River. He was contacted by Rep. Jacobsen on Thursday, September 26, and immediately began organizing this stakeholders meeting. King’s response letter to Rep. Jacobsen, sent the afternoon of the 26th, can be read in full at this link.