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Midwest States Seek to Fix Missouri River Flood Bottlenecks

FILE - This March 17 photo shows the Missouri River flooding at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. FILE - This March 17 photo shows the Missouri River flooding at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. |  Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Rachelle Blake

Created: August 27, 2019 06:43 PM

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Several Midwestern states are joining together to try to identify bottlenecks along the Missouri River that can cause waters to back up and worsen flooding in certain areas.

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Dru Buntin, the deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, says the state is joining with Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska to submit a study proposal Tuesday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The proposal comes after two rounds of devastating flooding this year caused billions of dollars of damage in Midwestern states.

A Corps commander cautioned Missouri officials during a meeting Tuesday that relieving pinch points at one spot in the river might result in new problems elsewhere.

The states also are hoping for long-term changes in the way the Corps manages dams in the Missouri River basin.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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