Governors return to Neb. for Missouri River talks


October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Governors and senior aides from seven Missouri River states will meet again in Omaha to tackle flood-related concerns. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will host the group Monday. The private meeting will also include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and senior staff for Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will join by phone and send a senior staff member to Omaha.

The governors will receive an update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on how the Corps will be changing its operation plan for next year to help prevent the extreme flooding experienced in 2011. FEMA representatives will outline emergency preparations. A news conference will follow the meeting. The first gathering was held in August.