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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers responds to flooding concerns

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A meeting earlier this week brought up major concerns and a potential lawsuit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers future plans for the Missouri River.

At this meeting in Dakota City, Nebraska, people expressed concern about the Corps plans to protect wildlife along the river.

They said these plans would cause more flooding.

However, the Corps said this wouldn't be the case.

They said their plans to incorporate side channels in certain areas of the river are only to protect endangered species.

"These habitat projects are not going to be creating any additional floods. There's no correlation between the habitat work being constructed on the river with the frequency or extent of flooding on the river," Missouri River Recovery Program Communications Lead Laurie Farmer said.

Farmer said they have nearly 170 thousand acres between Sioux City and Saint Louis to create these new habitats.

But, she stressed that the number one priority for the Corps is to prevent flooding.

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