Arkansas River improvements bill wins committee approval in legislature

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The Oklahoma Senate has been sent a bill to provide $67 million for improvements to the Arkansas River levee system.

Approval of Sen. Cody Rogers’ Senate Bill 1391 was n the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill proposed appropriating the millions to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

“It’s incredibly important that this funding is secured as the levees are currently at high risk of failure, leaving thousands of Oklahomans in danger and more than $1 billion of infrastructure at risk of damage if levee overtopping or failure were to occur,” said the Senator.

He anticipates that those affected by recent flooding along the River might reach out to their lawmakers to encourage them to support the measure in the full Senate.

“Oklahomans whose lives or property are at risk should be at the forefront of conversations regarding the ongoing safety concerns and the necessary improvement projects. I encourage them to reach out to their legislators to urge them to support this measure,” Rogers said.

“I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advance this measure to the House of Representatives, where this bill has the support of Speaker Pro Tem Hilbert and more than a dozen other members who’ve signed on to co-author the bill.”