Topeka Levees

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that includes funding aimed at improving Topeka’s levees.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the bill approved in the Senate would provide about $15 million in federal matching funds for Topeka to correct problems with its levee system along the Kansas River. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has told Topeka to correct levee system deficiencies that could impede flood control.

The Army Corps of Engineers would pay for 65 percent of the restoration costs if Congress approved the project as part of the Water Resources Development Act. Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran voted in favor of the bill the Senate approved last week.

The bill still needs to go to the U.S. House and President Barack Obama for approval.