Missourians Opposed to River-Taming Effort
ANNADA, Mo. (AP) - Another year, another "flood of the century" on the Mississippi River. But while the lower Mississippi has a plan for major flooding, the upper part of the river is more subject to nature's whims.
Some river interests want to change that, but Missourians are concerned that a proposal could create something of a spillway in the northern part of the state.
At issue is "Plan H," developed by the Army Corps of Engineers and borne out of years of study.
The upper river includes roughly 140 levees. Under Plan H, all but about 20 would be raised to protect against a 500-year flood.
But most of the levees that would not be raised are in Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles counties in Missouri.
People in those counties say they don't want to become a "dumping ground" for future floods.