U.S. Congressman Sam Graves announced that he has organized meetings between federal officials and constituents who have been affected by this summer's flood in the Missouri River Valley.
The meetings will involve representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The President has approved federal disaster aid for the state of Missouri to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding during the period of June 1 to Aug. 1, 2011.
"Atchison and Holt have been hit particularly hard by this year's flood and there is assistance available," Graves said. "These meetings will give individuals an opportunity to learn more about the available federal programs and ask questions."
The meetings will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The times and locations are:
Atchison County Memorial Building
417 South Main Street
510 State Street
Levee Repair is High Priority
Missouri's agriculture leaders have expressed great concern with the flood recovery and levee repair process on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. They are meeting with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administrators and are asking Missouri senators and congressmen in Washington, D.C. to act.
"Under Public Law 84-99, the Corps of Engineers is responsible for repairing levees damaged by the emergency flood event, providing the levee meets the requirements of the program," says Tom Waters, chairman of the Missouri Levee & Drainage District Association and a farmer from Orrick. "General McMahon has indicated to me there is a concern with funding for these repairs. It will be very important to continue to push for all levee repairs to be completed as soon as possible."
Waters says the Obama Administration needs a much better understanding of the important protection levees provide for not only agricultural lands, but also the critical infrastructure located within the levee's area of protection.
"Through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Public Law 84-99 the administration has a fiscal, legal and moral responsibility to see that all levees are rehabilitated in a timely manner," he stresses. "This will require the administration and congress to provide the necessary funds to get the job done."