Brownback Names Missouri River Panel

A truck is stopped by flood water near Shoal Creek, south of Joplin, Mo, on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, after heavy rainfall in southwest Missouri caused many creeks and rivers to flood their banks. (AP)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Sam Brownback has named an advisory
committee to help the administration assess future flooding issues
in Kansas along the Missouri River.

The governor named the committee on Monday. He asked the committee for its input on a new annual operating plan the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use to manage the river.

Brownback is one of several Midwestern governors and members of
Congress who have criticized the corps' management of the river this year. Heavy rains and snowmelt upstream on the river led to several months of flooding, including several communities in northeast Kansas.

Members of the advisory committee include Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, and numerous city and county government officials.

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