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Steve King, R-IA 5th
Mr. KING of Iowa. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
This year, we will see more water come down the Missouri River than ever before in recorded history. And the result is the Corps of Engineers is releasing 160,000 cubic feet per second from Gavins Point Dam. That is the lowest one of the six dams. What it [Page: H4800]
brings about is massive flooding all of the way down the river for a sustained period of time.
Now I'm not here to take issue with the design, the engineering, or the management of this river; but what this amendment does is it takes a million dollars out and puts a million dollars back in. What I'm asking is to direct the Corps of Engineers to conduct a new study and come back and let us know how they would have had to manage this river in the event that they had been able to see this massive amount of water coming, how they would have been able to protect not only all of the people downstream
from each of these reservoirs, but also the additional component of that is although a year ago last May we had record flooding in the tributaries downstream from Gavins Point, the dam that is the lowest. We need to be able to look at two catastrophic events. All of this snow runoff and rain that we got, particularly
in Montana in the mountains, coupled with the record rainfall coming down the tributaries from below Gavins Point Dam that we saw a year ago last May, those two laid on top of each other, how do they have to manage the reservoirs for the purposes of protecting all of that valuable real estate and infrastructure.
My constituents have spent millions of dollars to try to protect themselves. They built miles of levee, watching the water come down the river. They have hauled dirt with water coming up on one side of the levee. This amendment urges and actually directs the Corps of Engineers to commence with that study. And we will have more information as it unfolds. I urge its adoption.
I yield back the balance of my time.