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U.S. House Approves Flood Study For Meramec River And Brush Creek

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U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof has obtained Congressional authorization for a new study of flood mitigation options along the Meramec River and Brush Creek to help better protect Pacific, Missouri from flooding.

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation has approved a Survey Resolution requested by Congressman Hulshof. The resolution directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reexamine the conclusions of the 1987 Lower Meramec River Flood Damage Reduction Study. At that time, no solutions were found to meet the federal criteria for economic feasibility. Since the study was first completed, Pacific has seen substantial growth and this growth could now pave the way for flood protection.

"I am pleased that we have moved a step closer to providing flood protection for the City of Pacific," Hulshof said. "On at least four occasions in the last century, the Meramec River and Brush Creek have overflowed their banks and flooded the City of Pacific. This repeated flooding has caused financial harm to the community and the danger of flooding is a burden to further development of Pacific."

Passage of a Survey Resolution is required to authorize the Corps to investigate a local infrastructure problem and help construct improvement measures. Either the U.S. House Transportation Committee or the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee can pass a Survey Resolution.

The next step in this process will be securing $100,000 in the Fiscal Year 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations Act. Congressman Hulshof has already made a request for this funding.

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