WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem announced yesterday that provisions in the House Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) will require the Corps of Engineers to better communicate flood risk on the Missouri River. The flood risk communication provisions are based on legislation that Noem introduced in May of last year following the Missouri River flood of 2011. More than two years ago, the Corps announced that it would be increasing water releases-giving the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre only a few days to prepare. WRRDA was unveiled this week. Speaking with Pierre reporters yesterday, Noem applauded the provisions and said the accountability rules would mean that the Corps must do a better job at updating riverside entities about potential flood risks than it did in 2011.
Noem said the provisions dictate to the Corps that they have to communicate better and if they don’t, they would be breaking the law. She says the provisions specify only that the Corps give “timely” notice of possible flooding.
Noem says her provisions are part of the comprehensive WRRDA bill.
Noem says she hasn’t forgotten what happened in South Dakota in 2011 and says the Corps needs to recognize the responsibility they have to people of South Dakota. The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, visited South Dakota during the 2011 flooding and Noem says she appreciates that her Corps related flooding provision was incorporated into the act.
WRRDA will be considered by the Transportation Committee on September 19. Noem says she believes the bill will pass and it will be signed into law.
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