Graves presses for levee funds in the St. Joseph area

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves said he is advocating for federal funding to repair Missouri River levees protecting St. Joseph, Elwood, Kansas and the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Memorial Airport.

The levee system protects more than $2 billion worth of property and assets, his office said.

“The Army Corps (of Engineers) headquarters has largely failed to recognize the importance of the Missouri-Kansas levee project,” Graves said in a press release. “They’ve brushed off maintenance of the levee system, despite the fact that a major flood could cripple the 139th Airlift Wing and destroy St. Joe’s economy.”

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