With the Missouri River rising and citizens along the river expressing concerns about flooding, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is taking steps to make sure emergency operations are ready to go if damaging flooding invades counties in Missouri's 4th Congressional District. She met with FEMA officials last Thursday to hear the agency's plans for addressing those concerns.
"The flood levels are dependent on a number of factors that include rainfall during the coming weeks and the rate of flow from floodgates upstream," said Hartzler. "The FEMA officials I met with assured me they are watching water levels on a daily basis and will be ready to jump into action once assistance is requested. FEMA is working closely with state emergency management officials and is prepared to coordinate efforts to deal with flooding."
"We all remember the historic 1993 and 1995 flooding and hope and pray nothing similar happens this year," added Hartzler. "What is essential is that people take necessary precautions and government agencies that exist to help our citizens in time of need are prepared to assist in any way they can. Residents of the 4th District can rest assured that members of my staff and I are closely watching the situation and stand ready to help. We will be working with FEMA if and when Governor Nixon requests the agency's assistance and we are available for citizens. Our Jefferson City office number is 573-634-4884."
Hartzler's office has put together a list of emergency contact numbers that might be helpful:
Army Corps of Engineers -- Main Flood Page:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Flood/index.cfm
Maps on Missouri River water travel time from Gavins Point Dam to 4th District, detailed levee maps, and predicted river stages for this summer: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Flood/SitRep2011-Misc.cfm
Detailed inundation maps, showing areas that will be underwater and areas that might be flooded in a worst-case scenario: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Flood/InundationMaps.cfm
Levee overtopping projections for best-case and worst-case scenarios: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Flood/Flood2011.cfm?cat=Levee