Rep. Noem Announces Missouri River Flood Hearing

A home beginning to flood on Spyglass Circle. This home is located in the southern section of Dakota Dunes next to the Missouri River. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Jay Woods)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced today that the U.S. House Missouri River Flood Working Group will hold a hearing in Washington, DC on November 30th to discuss the Missouri River flooding of 2011. The group received approval from House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) to host the hearing through the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

“The waters may have already receded but we are not done asking questions about how this year’s flooding happened and what we can to do to make sure it doesn’t happen the next time we have a wet winter and spring,” said Noem. “This hearing will give working group members a chance to get additional answers from the Corps of Engineers and others.”

The Working Group has agreed that their top goal is to make flood control a greater priority in Missouri River management. Some are concerned the Corps won’t modify management based on 2011 and we could be in this same position in 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently conducting public meetings for its 2012 Annual Operating Plan of the Missouri River system. The November 30 hearing will be a chance for House members to voice questions and concerns about the 2012 plan and press the Corps if decisions made this year had any impact on their plan for next year.

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