Rep. Emerson visits Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway

CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) surveyed the damage and progress at making repairs in the New Madrid-Birds Point Floodway Saturday afternoon.

Emerson opposed blasting the levees which released river waters rushing through the area destroying homes and farmland.

She wants to see the levees built back they way they were.

"The Corps didn't do its job properly the first time, and they need to hustle to get this flood protection temporarily for all the folks who live and work in this floodway area," Emerson said.

According to a press release, Emerson says the recovery can't fully begin until the waters recede.

"The process of recovery can't begin in earnest until all the floodwaters have gone down," said Emerson. "Even then, without the certainty of flood protection in the floodway, residents and land owners can't plan for their future. The result is a devastation of the physical land and structures, as well the economy and psychology of the region."

Emerson also stressed the toughness of the region's citizens throughout the ordeal.

"Fortunately, there is nowhere in America a population so resilient, so devoted and so dedicated to their communities and families, Emerson said. "I want them to know I am here with them every step of the way as an advocate, as a friend and someone to lean on."

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