Missouri River

Disaster recovery costs
4:35 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Some Mo. senators want feds to pay 100 percent of flood damage costs

Levee breach in Atchison County, Mo., on June 13, 2011.
(Photo courtesy of Atchison Co. Emergency Management)

The federal government should pay 100 percent of the cost of flood damage in Missouri – according to some members of the Missouri Senate.   

Normally, the feds pick up the tab for disaster response and later bill the affected state government 25 percent of the cost.  State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says Missouri should not have to pay, since the floods in the Show-Me State were the federal government’s fault.

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River management issues
5:38 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Gov. Nixon, Mo. congressional delegates, want levees rebuilt

(l-r) Mo. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R), Mo. Congressman Todd Akin (R), Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D), Mo. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R); they talked about the need to make flood control the top priority along the Missouri River.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) and nearly half of Missouri’s congressional delegation are pledging to rebuild levees and pursue policies that will make massive water releases from dams unnecessary in the future.

They addressed this issue at a meeting of Missouri Farm Bureau members at the State Fair in Sedalia today.

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Ameren Coal Ash Landfill Debate
4:46 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Conversations on coal ash: Labadie, Mo. debates Ameren landfill

Ameren's plant near Labadie, Mo. sits in the Missouri River bottoms. Some area residents are opposed to the company's plan to build a 400-acre landfill next to the plant in order to store leftover coal ash.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Labadie, Mo. is a town about 35 miles from St. Louis that might be described as “quaint” and “quiet.” But for the past two years, a controversy between some town residents and Ameren Missouri, an electric company that has a power plant situated in the Missouri River bottoms near Labadie, has sparked a lively local discourse. It concerns the ash that’s leftover from burning coal at the plant. Johanna Mayer has this report.

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Missouri River - flooding
5:00 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Senators seek to improve flood control on Missouri River

Water from the Missouri River overtops a levee in Atchison County, Mo., on June 19.
(flickr/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo)

The Missouri River Working Group is holding its first meeting on Wednesday to come up with a policy on flood control.

Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill launched the group with senators from North Dakota to look for ways to improve flood control along the Missouri River and keep this year’s flooding from happening again.

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Missouri River Floods
12:19 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

McCaskill and Blunt to meet with Senators to discuss flood control

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19, 2011. The local sponsor reported overtopping of the levee to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the morning of June 19.
flickr/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo

The Missouri River Working Group will hold its first meeting next week to discuss issues related to flood control.

Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, along with senators from states along the Missouri River, launched the group to examine the best ways to protect people and property. They’ll also discuss ways to avoid floods, like this summer’s, from happening in the future.

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Ameren / Coal Ash
5:36 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Work session on coal ash landfill issue in Franklin County tomorrow

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Board of Commissioners of Franklin County will discuss controversial changes to its zoning ordinance tomorrow.

Up for approval is permit language allowing the utility company AmerenUE to build a coal ash landfill next to its plant in Labadie, Mo.

Patricia Shuban is the Director of the Labadie Environmental Organization, which opposes any rule that would allow Ameren to store toxic substances in the Missouri River floodplain.

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Amtrak service
3:04 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Flooding cancels some Amtrak service

Flooding along the Missouri River has forced Amtrak to suspend two trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The rising Missouri River has forced the suspension of some Amtrak trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.

The suspension of the Missouri River Runner will last through at least July 6. Flooding along Union Pacific tracks west of Jefferson City is forcing freight trains to use the Union Pacific route that is shared with the Missouri River Runner. 

The specific trains canceled are:

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Missouri River - Mississippi River - flooding
3:14 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Corps of Engineers expects no major flooding near St. Louis

Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers' St. Louis District, Col. Tom O’Hara.
(Screen capture via YouTube/TeamSaintLouis)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will release even more water from the Gavins Point Dam this week. But in spite of these record high flows on the Missouri River, the Corps does not expect major flooding in the St. Louis area this summer.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

People go through what is left of their home in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 is the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

FEMA to House Displaced Tornado Victims Near Joplin Airport

The federal government is planning to use 50 acres south of the Joplin Regional Airport to provide temporary housing for people who lost their homes in the May 22 tornado.

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Missouri River flooding
5:38 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

More water could be released from South Dakota dam into Mo. River

Brigadier Gen. John McMahon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at a meeting in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 8:55 with information about another levee breach:

The flooding has breached another levee in northwest Missouri, forcing the evacuation of the Holt County town of Craig.

Emergency officials in Holt County say the flooding Missouri River breached a levee along the Big Tarkio River around 2 p.m. Monday, and another nearby levee is being overtopped.

Residents of Craig have until noon to leave their homes. Emergency sandbagging operations are ongoing.

Our earlier story:

The amount of water being released from a South Dakota dam into the Missouri River could increase, if a weather system currently over the river’s upper basin dumps more rain.

That’s the warning given today by Brigadier General John McMahon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a visit to Jefferson City.

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