From all the many flooding events that have occurred in recent years, it seems more should be done to prevent rather than control massive flooding. More should be done to keep the Mississippi River from overflowing its banks. Trying to save New Orleans each time it floods, then cleaning up afterward, is a certain disaster.

To the editor:

From all the many flooding events that have occurred in recent years, it seems more should be done to prevent rather than control massive flooding. More should be done to keep the Mississippi River from overflowing its banks. Trying to save New Orleans each time it floods, then cleaning up afterward, is a certain disaster.

Your editorial last Friday, “Our rivers should be kept clean,” points to better flood control. The last sentence states, “It is good that these issues come to the forefront and are publicly discussed.”

The Examiner printed an article Sept. 19, 2003, on flood control by the Jackson County Public Works Department on Sni-A-Bar Creek. It pointed out the many causes of flooding and local cooperation needed to prevent problems. I suggest a follow-up article on that project to see what has been done to control flood water.

Independence has four retention ponds, in the south end, that might be used as holding ponds after heavy rains when the Missouri River has high water.