By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Corps Cancels Spring Rise After Discussions With Acting Governor Kinder
JEFFERSON CITY – Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, serving as acting governor, today issued the following statement:
“Missourians who would have been affected by the possibility of additional flooding along the Missouri River can now breathe a sigh of relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified me last night they were granting my request to cancel their decision of a planned spring rise. I would like to thank the Corps for this action and responding to my concerns. I have sent my thanks to Larry Cieslik, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management office, for the Corps decision and actively responding to the concerns of citizens here in Missouri.
“On Monday evening until the early hours of Tuesday morning my office began active talks with Corps leaders, including Col. David Press, Commander of the Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, pressing them to cancel the spring rise. Throughout these discussions I continued my petition for the cancellation of the annual spring rise on the Missouri River due to the devastating flooding last week that has affected the lives of many Missourians.
“I have been told by the Corps that tributary dams in Missouri and Kansas will eliminate the need for a spring rise, which was already initiated, from occurring on the Missouri River below Kansas City.
“Missourians can rest assured that their voices have been heard in this time of great disaster in our state.”