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Smith Sponsors Bill to Establish Lower Missouri River Flood Prevention Program

May 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith released the following statement after the introduction of the Lower Missouri Flood Prevention Program Act. He is an original cosponsor of the bill, along with representatives from Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.  The legislation would establish a Lower Missouri River Flood Prevention Program to improve flood prevention on the Missouri River from Sioux City, IA, to its confluence with the Mississippi River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be required to study, design, and construct water resources development projects and modify existing ones to provide flood protection for communities and develop a system plan to for reducing flood risk and improving flood resiliency. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse are original cosponsors of the Senate version of the bill.

“With the 2019 bomb cyclone – the worst natural disaster in our state’s history – still fresh in our minds, we must be taking steps to prevent another disaster now. Flood prevention is a top priority for Nebraska communities along the Missouri, and I remain committed to repairing our existing infrastructure and developing new measures to prevent flooding in the future.”