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Federal hearing to focus on Missouri River flooding

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A U.S. Senate hearing is scheduled in Iowa today to discuss efforts to prevent more Missouri River flooding.

“The current river management policy needs fixing, and recent flooding makes that more urgent than ever,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of flood control on the river. However, federal law requires the Corps to treat all of its eight priorities equally, meaning flood control does not take precedent over protecting endangered species, for instance.

The hearing will focus on whether the agency should make flood control its top priority.

Recent flooding of the Missouri River caused more than $3 billion in damages in the Midwest.

Read more from The Washington Post.

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