Levee group plans weekend meeting in Columbia

Friday, February 10, 2012

NEW MADRID, Mo. - The Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association is meeting this weekend in Columbia to talk about recovering from last year's heavy flooding.

The association says speakers at Saturday's event will include Gov. Jay Nixon, Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and U.S. Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer and Vicky Hartzler, who will talk about legislative efforts to provide funding for repairs.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also will be on hand to talk about the status of levee repairs.

An intentional breaching of the Bird's Point levee last spring in southwest Missouri successfully lowered the level of the flooding on the Mississippi River, but inundated 130,000 acres of farmland. In the northwest part of the state, the Missouri River flooded more than 200,000 acres of cropland last year.

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