Governor Parson wants to create a new flood response agency

Missouri Governor Mike Parson wants to spend $10.4 million to create a new office that would help the state better prepare for floods and drought.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Connie Patterson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the creation of the new Missouri Hydrology Information Center is part of the state’s response to flooding. of 2019 in the Missouri and Mississippi river basins that caused an estimated $20 billion in damage. The proposal was part of Parson’s budget plan released last week.

Patterson said the new office will help the state move “from a reactive to a proactive response” to flood protection and recovery.

If approved, the new center would be asked to improve the current stream depth measurement system to provide more real-time stream level data at many locations across the country. ‘State.

“It will also help in the creation of flood maps showing the extent and depth of predicted floodwaters for dozens of Missouri communities,” Patterson said.

Some of the information the new office would collect might already exist at the U.S. Geologic Survey office or the state emergency management agency, but Patterson said the new agency would be designed to be a clearinghouse. friendly information.

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