Missouri congressman asks Obama to preserve levee plan

2 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, December 20 2014 Dec 20, 2014 Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:53:00 PM CST December 20, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Congressman Jason Smith is pushing for the completion of a Missouri Bootheel region levee amid concerns that the project would increase the risk of flooding in predominantly black Illinois communities.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the Salem Republican sent a letter to President Barack Obama last week advocating for the New Madrid Floodway. The $165 million project would close a gap in a network of levees to protect rich Missouri agricultural land from frequent flooding from the Mississippi River.

Smith's letter was sent one day after nearly 100 environmental groups renewed their longstanding concern that the project would threaten wetlands. In a separate letter to the president, community leaders said the levee would cause greater flooding concerns in Cairo, Illinois, and other predominantly black communities in the region.

 

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