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Nebraska lawmakers urge Corps of Engineers to make flood control top priority

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska lawmakers have sent a nearly unanimous message to federal officials who control the flow of the Missouri River: focus on preventing floods above all else.

By a vote of 43 to 1, the legislature passed a resolution Thursday calling on Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make flood control their top priority.

The resolution is largely symbolic but is intended to show that lawmakers view the issue as important.

It was introduced by Sen. Julie Slama, of Peru whose southeast Nebraska district was hit hard by last year's Missouri River flood. Slama has criticized the Corps, arguing it has not responded aggressively enough to the flooding.

KTIV Staff

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