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Rep. John Kline tours potential flooding areas in Second District

Burnsville, MN " Second District Congressman John Kline, R-Burnsville, met with county Sheriffs and emergency management coordinators from around Minnesota's 2nd district today to discuss emergency management and flood relief preparedness planning

He also toured potential flooding areas along the Mississippi River in Hastings, Straight and Cannon Rivers in Faribault, and the Minnesota River in Shakopee

"I was pleased to see the amount of planning, preparation, and coordination efforts already underway by emergency personnel and community leaders," said Kline "Professionals and volunteers alike are going to great lengths to ensure Minnesotans in the region are prepared for potential flooding"

Last year, above average rainfall, an untimely snowmelt, and a steady stream of severe weather resulted in flooding around the Minnesota River, the Mississippi River, and the Red River, which devastated communities in Minnesota's 2nd district and throughout the state Unfortunately, the National Weather Service's most recent outlook for Spring shows that many of these same areas are again facing the strong possibility of major flooding

Earlier this week, the National Weather Service issued flood warnings for numerous counties throughout the state including virtually the entire 2nd district " Dakota, Carver, Scott, Goodhue, Rice, and Le Sueur Counties While the recent cooler temperatures have temporarily slowed the river surges, the potential for flooding still exists

In Hastings, Kline received updates today from Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows and Dakota County Emergency Management's Dan Carlson during a tour of potential flooding areas along the Mississippi River In Faribault, Kline visited a waste water treatment facility near the Straight River and received updates from Mayor Jim Jasinski and Director of Public Works Tim Murray In Shakopee, Kline toured the flooded banks of the Minnesota River including the Scott County 101 bridge closure with Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka, Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate, and Shakopee Mayor John Schmidt

Earlier this month, Kline met in his Burnsville office with members of the Minnesota National Guard, including Adjutant General Richard Nash, to discuss the extensive work being done by the Minnesota Guard to help communities around the state prepare for spring flooding In Washington, he joined the entire Minnesota Congressional delegation in sending the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) a letter asking for immediate assistance

In his fifth term in Congress, Kline is the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee

26 March, 2011

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