The Kansas City area will receive more than half a billion dollars in federal flood control money in a bill passed by the U.S. House on Friday and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
U.S. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Sam Graves, both of Missouri, worked together to get four major projects, totaling $565 million, included in the Water Resources Development Act bill. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas also supported the bill, as did every other member of the Missouri and Kansas delegation to Congress except Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, who voted no.
The largest local project, at $328.1 million, will fund the second phase of levee improvements along the Missouri and Kansas rivers in Armourdale and the Central Industrial District. The levees cover 60 miles and protect over 5,000 structures.
The final phases of a project to widen the Turkey Creek channel, relocate bridges and make tunnel modifications will receive $156.1 million.
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The final phase of work on the Blue River basin in the Dodson Industrial District will receive $48.4 million. It will include a 6,800-foot flood wall on the north bank of the river.
Flood relief and a safe entrance and exit route to the Swope Park Industrial Area will receive $32.4 million.