Senators urge changes to reduce Missouri River flooding

Senators urge changes to reduce Missouri River flooding
FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, a Sapp Bros. gas station in Percival, Iowa, stands in floodwaters from the Missouri River. Republican senators from four states that have seen severe flooding from the Missouri River are backing legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its management of the river to reduce flooding risk. The measure, which was introduced Thursday, March, 5, 2020, follows criticism from residents of flooded areas that the Corps should give flood protection a higher priority than environmental, recreational and other needs. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican senators from four states that have seen severe flooding from the Missouri River are backing legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its management of the river to reduce flood risk.

The proposal would require the Corps to take steps to reduce flood risks along the lower Missouri River by changing the way it manages the dams and by strengthening levees along the river.

The proposal is backed by all the senators from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Corps officials say flood protection remains their highest priority.

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