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SET-BACK LEVEES ON THE
H. R. 7349
TO AMEND THE ACT ENTITLED “AN ACT FOR THE
COMMITTEE ON FLOOD CONTROL
RILEY J. WILSON, Louisiana, Chairman
WILL M. WHITTINGTON, Mississippi ROBERT F. RICH, Pennsylvania
HARRY L. ENGLEBRIGHT, California CLEVELAND DEAR, Louisiana
CHARLES W. TOBEY, New Hampshire OTHA D. WEARIN, Iowa
HENRY M. KIMBALL, Michigan
BERNARD J. GEHRMANN, Wisconsin
SET-BACK LEVEES ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
MONDAY, APRIL 29,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10:30 a. m., Hon. Riley J. Wilson (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. We have for consideration this morning H. R. 7349, a bill to amend the act entitled "An act for the control of floods on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and for other purposes", approved May 15, 1928, as amended.
(The bill referred to is as follows:)
[H. R. 7349, 74th Cong., 1st sess.)
A BILL To amend the Act entitled “An Act for the control of floods on the Mississippi
River and its tributaries, and for other purposes", approved May 15, 1928, as amended
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Uni’ed States of America in Congress assembled, That the first paragraph of section 3 of the Act entitled "An Act for the control of floods on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and for other purposes ", approved May 15, 1928, as amended (U. S. C., Supp. VI, title 33, sec. 702c), is hereby amended to read as follows:
“ SEC. 3. The Secretary of War is authorized and directed, out of any money available under the provisions of said Actor amendments thereto, to purchase from or to reimburse the States or legally constituted and empowereil local agencies for the cost of flowage rights over all lands including compepsation for damages to improvements thereon at the time of the taking; that have been or may be acquired and paid for by States or such agencies in connection with the flood-control project herein adopted; embracing those areas which' were protected by the main Mississippi River Levees on May 15, 1928, but which have since been left or may hereafter be left, on the river side of the main river controlling levee lines constructed on new locations under the 'flood-control plan: Provided, That after careful investigation the prices are found to be reasonable: And provided further, That except when authorized by the Secretary of War, upon the recommendation of the Chief of Engineers, no money appropriated under authority of this Act shall be expended on the construction of any item of the project until the State or levee districts have given assurances satisfactory to the Secretary of War that they will (a) maintain all flood-control works after their completion, except controlling and regulating spillway structures, including special relief levees; maintenance includes normally such matters as cutting grass, removal of weeds, local drainage, and minor repairs of main river levees; (b) agree to accept land turned over to them under the provisions of section 4; (c) provide without cost to the United States all rights-of-way for levee foundations and levees on the main stem of the Mississippi River between Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the Head of the Passes."
The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen of the committee, in order to call the committee's attention to this particular measure we have before us, H. R. 7349, I desire to make a brief statement.