Gov. Nixon concerned about levee proposal

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 5:08 p.m. CST

CLARKSVILLE — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Congress to move cautiously on a plan to raise some levees along the Mississippi River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed to strengthen all but about 20 of the 140 levees along the upper Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

Most of the levees left unimproved would be in Missouri's Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles counties. At a news conference on Tuesday in Clarksville, Nixon said he was concerned the so-called Plan H would be detrimental to businesses, families and farmers in the three counties.

He urged Congress to weigh all risks before deciding on the plan.

Other Missouri politicians also have expressed concern that the plan would greatly increase the flood risk.

The Corps plans a public hearing Dec. 1 in Old Monroe.

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