Nixon Reset St. Joe Flood Speech for Today

Missouri Governor jay Nixon has re-scheduled his flood speech in St. Joseph for this afternoon.

It was postponed from Tuesday because of bad weather. The Govenor was unable to fly into the region becuase of storms at the time of the speech. 

The Governor is expected to talk about the need to rebuild the levees along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers that have been damaged by the flooding this year.

He is also expected to talk about how the Army Corps of Engineers can do its job of managing the rivers. Nixon has not been as critical of the Corps’ role in the flood as some midwest Govenors.

Meanwhile, the Governor’s office says there has been no decision yet on whether he will attend a Friday meeting in Omaha with other Missouri River Governors on what to do about the flooding.

The Corps has caught fire all summer long for its huge releases from the Upper Missouri Basin that has triggered flooding along the Missouri most of the summer.

The Corps’ critics say it is another example of river mismanagement.

The Corps says the unexpected heavier rain storms in the Upper Missouri Basin this spring caused the problem, not its management of the river.

Earlier in the week, Holt County officials blasted the Corps management. Holt County has been one of the hardest hit areas in Missouri. It is about 40 miles north of St. Joseph.

In a letter to editors, Holt County Clerk Kathy Kunkel accused the Corps of ‘devastation by design”.

She says the Corps’ is more concerned is more about wild life than flood control. Kunkel says the flooding has cost the small county $109 million dollars.

Last month, the Corps announced a plpan to gradually scale back the amount of water being released through the Gavin’s Point dam in South Dakota. At one point, 160,000 cubic feet of water (cfs) was rushing through the gates each second.

That went on for several weeks this summer. It has been reduced now, and it is exepcted to go down further. But the Corps is advising the state of Missouri the flooding–at some level–could continue into the fall.

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