States come together to address Missouri River flood damage

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Midwestern leaders say this year's devastating flooding shows more attention is needed to flood control.

Gov. Mike Parson was in Iowa Friday with the leader of that state and the governor of Nebraska, as well as the lieutenant governor of Kansas.

They said short term plans include building more levees, with the goal of having projects completed by middle of July. There are also longer-term plans.

“The mid-level plan that I think is critical," Parson said. "In the next year to five years, to figure out what are we really going to do differently.” 

Friday's conversation included the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“We are going to work with the corps the best we can, but we want a seat at the table to make sure moving forward, those issues are addressed," Parson said.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said it was a productive meeting.

"You have four governors, lieutenant governor, that are going to be engaged in this process. We were able to get an update,” she said.

Parson requested federal aid on April 24.

He said assessments made by the State Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, and other local officials already estimate $25 million in damage to infrastructure and emergency response costs.

Parson wants public assistance for 13 counties: Andrew, Atchinson, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, and Ste. Genevieve. 

Additional counties might be added to the list after the river recedes and damage can be assessed.