The corps has estimated it will cost more than $2 billion to repair the damage to the nation's levees, dams and riverbanks caused by this year's flooding.
Kelli Shaner of rural Fort Calhoun, just north of Omaha, said she's glad the corps is rethinking management of the river. She and her husband lost 80 percent of their corn and soybeans to flooding this summer and have only been able to return to their home, which was significantly damaged, in the past two weeks.
But she doesn't blame the corps for the damage, saying she was well aware of the potential for flooding on the land that has been in her husband's family for five generations.
"Bottom line is, I'm very glad they're changing and looking at the way they're doing things, because it can only get better," Shaner said. "Hopefully, this devastation won't happen to other people who live along the river bottom."
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad addressed the issue at his weekly news conference Monday, saying a change in the way the corps manages the river was necessary.
The duration of the flood "was certainly determined by the amount of water that was released from the dams upstream on the Missouri River," Branstad said. "We intend to work with the other governors in having a strong voice for our constituents in changing the way the river is managed."
Associated Press writers William Draper in Kansas City, Mo., and Mike Glover in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report.
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