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Flooding prompts criticism of way Missouri River dams run

March 28, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — This spring’s massive flooding along the Missouri River has renewed criticism of the agency that manages the river’s dams.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineeers says much of the water that created this month’s flooding came from rain and melting snow that flowed into the river downstream of all the dams. At the same time, massive amounts of water filled the reservoirs and some had to be released.

But many people who live near the Missouri River believe the Corps isn’t doing enough to prevent floods or is placing too much emphasis on other priorities, such as protecting endangered species and preserving barge traffic.

Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri says Congress should consider serious reforms to ensure flood control is the agency’s top priority.