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U.S. House panel backs $1 billion for flood project repair

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

A U.S. House panel has approved $1 billion in emergency money to repair levees and other flood control projects damaged by the devastating flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers this year.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen said billions of dollars more will be needed once full Army Corps of Engineers estimates are in for repairing breached levees and other damaged flood control projects.

The cost of the amendment was offset by cutting $1 billion in unspent money from President Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus measure. The money had been intended for high speed rail projects.

The Senate panel has yet to act.

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