One of Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s main focuses has been addressing issues with the Missouri River levee system. Parson met with governors from Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska earlier this month in an effort to address issues with the levees and the Army Corps of Engineers. Representative Peggy McGaugh says state legislators are leading the call for flood mitigation efforts.
McGaugh represents the 39th District, which covers portions of Chariton, Carroll, and Ray counties, which are all part of the lower Missouri River. She says a solution is needed for local farmers and landowners along the river.
Flooding along the Missouri River was a big issue in 2019 as it played a role in the collapse of a railroad bridge over the Grand River in Brunswick. The incident forced Norfolk Southern Railroad to suspend service between Moberly and Kansas City for several weeks.