King Inspects Flooding Throughout Western Iowa


June 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Washington D.C.- Congressman Steve King (R-IA) has traveled throughout the 5th District to inspect the impact of Missouri River flooding on local communities. As part of his survey, King made stops in Woodbury, Monona, Pottawattamie and Fremont counties.

Congressman Steve King (right) discusses flood preparation efforts in Pottawattamie County with Mayor Tom Hanafan of Council Bluffs during a June 9 briefing held at the Emergency Operations Command Center in Council Bluffs.

At each stop, King examined the extent of area flooding and received briefings on actions that local communities are taking to implement emergency management procedures to safeguard the lives and property of Iowans. King also participated in an aerial survey of Missouri River flooding, viewing the flood’s effects from the southern tip of the Fifth district to Gav

in’s Point in Yankton, South Dakota.
“The Missouri River flood is affecting communities throughout western Iowa, and the scope and scale cannot be understood fully until it is seen firsthand,” said King. “Homes are being flooded, crops are being destroyed, businesses are being closed, and, unfortunately, the flood waters will not be receding anytime soon. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this will be a historic flood. It is exactly the kind of natural disaster that requires a coordinated response from all levels of government- local, state and federal.”

“I will be working with the Governor’s office, and with my colleagues in Congress, to ensure that communities throughout western Iowa have access to the federal resources that are available to help them protect their citizens and infrastructure, and to help them recover. I also want to express my appreciation for everyone who is volunteering their time to assist with flood prevention efforts. Sandbags do not fill or place themselves, and it has been inspiring to watch Iowans band together to do the hard work that is necessary to keep the water out.”

(Press Release from the office of Cong. KIng)