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Rounds Meets with Army Corps to Discuss Snowpack Levels Along Missouri River Basin

Asks Army Corps to Explain Steps it is Taking to Avoid Flood

WASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, today met with delegates from the Army Corps Omaha District to discuss snowfall levels and future precipitation predictions for the Missouri River in 2017.  The Omaha District is tasked with managing the Missouri River basin, which underwent serious flooding in 2011.

“South Dakotans remember all too well the 2011 Missouri River flood, which caused more than $2 billion in damages and displaced over 4,000 people,” said Rounds. “Today, the Army Corps assured me that although there are areas of higher precipitation, reported runoff throughout the basin is at normal levels. The Corps has agreed to provide additional updates to the communities and I will continue to closely monitor the Corps’ management of snowpack levels in the coming months.”


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