Governors from both the upstream and the downstream states along the Missouri River meet in Omaha this morning to discuss this year’s flooding with each other and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Governors, or their representatives, from Kansas, Missouri and Iowa will join with those from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming to meet at the invitation of Governor Heineman.
Heineman expects the governors to have pointed questions for officials from the Army Corps of Engineers.
“I believe the Corps, even though they were responsive, they were late to address some of the flood control issues,” Heineman says. “And, again, we’re going to face similar challenges in the future and we don’t want a repeat performance of what occurred.”
Heineman says though upstream and downstream states often are at odds over how best to manage the Missouri River, the flooding this year has united them.
The meeting has been closed to the public and the news media. A news conference is planned afterward.