The letters in question are an attempt to gauge farmers' interest in selling their lands to the federal government for wildlife habitat restoration. Farmers in Missouri and Iowa have been receiving the letters.
The federal Environmental Protection Association says it found no evidence of serious contamination in Mississippi River water released by the May 2 breech of the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri.
The Army Corps of Engineers blew up the levee to relieve the flooding risk to Cairo, Ill. In doing so, it covered 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland with several feet of water.
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Water surges from the open gates of the Oahe Stilling basin, located just north of Pierre, S.D. on June 5. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is worried about the number of levees that could be overtopped as the flood rushes downstream.
Cities and towns along the Missouri River should begin preparing for major flooding in the next few weeks, according to federal officials.
The high water levels on the Missouri in the upper Great Plains are being blamed on a near-year’s worth of rainfall in a few week’s time -- and 140 percent more snowfall in the areas of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to the Missouri River basin.