In an earlier post, I confessed my knee-jerk training to blame the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the flooding along the Missouri River. Former Gov. Mike Rounds shares this view, along with his close up view of the flood waters in his front yard…..
“I really think the corps of engineers screwed up,” Rounds said.
Rounds isn’t pointing the finger at those on the local level, saying he believes they’ve tried to make changes. But he does say someone should have known an unprecedented event was coming, and someone should have done something a lot sooner.
“The Army Corps of Engineering’s primary responsibility is flood control along the Missouri River, I think they messed it up this time,” Rounds said.
However, veteran and sage reporter Bob Mercer has some words of caution for this attitude and facts to back it up including that the Corps released more water from the dams last fall than almost any previous year. He also points to the record snowfall and rainfall — way beyond forecasted — as well as the early flooding on the Mississippi that hampered efforts to control water levels by releasing more water from the upstream dams earlier this spring.
I hate when facts get in the way of a good blame game…..