Levee and Drainage group to meet with Emanuel Cleaver

Monday, April 2, 2012 | 10:30 a.m. CDT

RICHMOND — The Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association has rescheduled a meeting with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.

The group initially planned to meet with the Missouri Democrat on March 14. Instead, the event will be held Monday at the Eagleton Civic Center in Richmond. Corps officials also will attend.

Missouri levee operators were heavily affected by last year's flooding on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

Numerous northwest Missouri levees were breached last summer after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing massive amounts of water from overflowing upstream reservoirs.

In southeast Missouri, the flooding Mississippi River strained levees earlier in the year. Ultimately, about 130,000 acres flooded after the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway was intentionally breached to relieve pressure as floods threatened nearby Cairo, Ill.

Cleaver represents the state's 5th district, which currently includes a small section of the Missouri River at Kansas City.  The new congressional map for congress members taking office in 2013 expands the district's constituency along the Missouri River through Lafayette and Saline counties.

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