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Bill seeks more Corps communication

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved legislation that would require the Army Corps of Engineers to establish procedures to better communicate with the public when there is a high risk of flooding on bodies of water it manages, including the Missouri River.

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The provision, taken from legislation authored by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., was included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act.

“The flooding of 2011 along the Missouri River is a painful memory for many in South Dakota, and some are still dealing with its aftermath,” Noem said in a written statement. “What I heard from many of those affected and displaced during the flooding was if they had been given better notification on potential flood risk, they could have more adequately protected their homes and businesses.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for its consideration.

Source: Office of Rep. Kristi Noem