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o SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CIVIL FUNCTIONS
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS KENNETH McKELLAR, Tennessee, Chairman
CARL HAYDEN, Arizona WILLIAM F. KNOWLAND, California
Ex OFFICIO MEMBERS FROM PUBLIC Works CoMMITTEE
SPESSARD L. HOLLAND, Florida HARRY P. CAIN, Washington
Monday, FEBRUARY 11, 1952
UNITED STATEs SENATE, SUBCOMMITTEE of THE CoMMITTEE on APPROPRIATIONs, Washington, D. C.
The subcommittee met at 2:30 p.m., pursuant to call, in room F-39, the Capitol, Hon. Kenneth McKellar (chairman) presiding.
o Senators McKellar, Ellender, McClellan, Young, Cordon, âsld Ecton.
Alsopresent: Senator Stennis.
STATEMENTS OF LT. GEN. LEWIS A, PICK, CHIEF OF ENGI-
FLOODS THROUGHOUT THE NATION
Chairman McKELLAR. We will come to order, gentlemen.
In preparing the 1953 budget estimate, my policy has again been
you personally viewed the tremendous damage and economic loss resulting from that flood and witnessed the untold human suffering.
You are, therefore, acutely aware of the serious setback which that
flood dealt to the defense effort.
Since I appeared before the Subcommittee on Army Civil Functions
of the House of Representatives, two more floods have hit portions of .
this Nation, one in California, and the other in the Upper Ohio River Basin. The total of the preliminary estimate of the damages of those two floods is estimated at $25 million. These and similar floods will occur throughout the Nation until adequate flood protection works have been provided. The one bright spot in this picture is the fact that some flood control projects had been provided in these areas. The projects completed prevented
damages estimated at $29 million. Had the Conemaugh River
Reservoir above Pittsburgh been in operation, additional damages of $2% million would have been prevented.
NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
The 1953 budget estimates provide for the continuation of projects under construction at an economical rate and for the initiation of the following new projects:
Under “River and harbors,” we have the Keokuk lock on the
upper Mississippi River, which is a replacement of an obsolete and
structurally weak lock, and the Ice Harbor lock and dam, on the
Columbia River in Washington.
which could be used in connection with the defense plants in that .
area, including the hydrogen bomb plant.
River, which is a flood control project.
the control of floods in the Kansas River Basin.
Chairman McKELLAR. Has the authorizing legislation been passed on
General Pick. Next is the local flood control project at Cape Girardeau, Mo., which is to protect the town of Cape Girardeau from the Mississippi River floods. It is a very important locality and
is subject to floods every few years in the main business part of the
town. Topeka, Kans, is a local flood protection project to protect portions
of Topeka, principally North Topeka, that is the area north of the
Kansas River, which suffered so severely in last year's flood.