As Missouri River flooding continues to take center stage, one Chillicothe man recalls efforts made more than 50 years ago to keep the Grand River in its banks.
Battles along the Missouri River are an all too familiar scenario for long-time Chillicothe resident Ron Wilder. In the 1960s, a lobbying group was formed to get funding for a flood control plan, but the project folded under financial pressures. At the time, Wilder served as a Representative of the Grand River Flood Control Group. He said, if they had been successful, the same arguments heard along the Missouri River today might be echoed 30 miles north.
According to Wilder, an event in 1970 would completely change the game.
The flood control project got the ax in 1974, due to a change in the cost-benefits ratio.