Senator Kit Bond has taken an up close look at the flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries, surveying the flooded areas in Cole and Chariton Counties following a meeting with State Emergency Management Agency and Corps of Engineer officials. Bond says there is good coordination between state and federal emergency officials, and that is serving Missouri well.
Bond says he will work to ensure that federal agencies provide all available help to the communities affected by the floods. To that end, Bond and other members of the Missouri Congressional Delegation have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expedite Governor Blunt’s request for preliminary damage assessments in the affected counties, which will speed federal assistance.
Bond adds major flooding occurs far more frequently than every 500 years, and federal investment in rebuilding and maintaining the infrastructure is long overdue.