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Columbia Missourian

Corps, governors to discuss Missouri River flood control

By The Associated Press
August 17, 2011 | 4:22 p.m. CDT

ST. JOSEPH — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he and fellow governors of states on the Missouri River will meet this week to discuss flood control.

Nixon said Wednesday the meeting is set for Friday in Omaha, Neb. He says the governors will ask officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about decisions that led to this year's historic flooding.

The Corps manages the river's flow by holding and releasing water from a series of reservoirs in upstream states.

Also scheduled to attend the meeting are the governors of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, plus representatives of the governors of Iowa and Wyoming.

Nixon also said financing levee repairs and recovery from other disasters, including the Joplin tornado, will be a priority during a special legislative session planned for September.