Federal agencies to discuss new flood strategies at St. Louis summit

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 | 3:02 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — This year's severe flooding along the Mississippi River is prompting three federal agencies to discuss how they can work more effectively together.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey are holding their first-ever joint summit in St. Louis this week.

They're discussing what went well — and poorly — with forecasting rain and river stages during the floods and how they can communicate forecasts more efficiently so that river communities, farmers and the barge industry can respond.

Corps Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh says the magnitude of this year's floods clarified how important it is for the three agencies to collaborate.

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