The Latest on a U.S. Senate hearing being held in Iowa in the wake of massive flooding in the region (all times local):

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The federal agency that manages dams along the Missouri River received stern criticism from several U.S. senators at the start of a hearing examining this year’s flooding.

In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, destroyed grain silos, a result of flooding, spill corn onto a muddy field, are seen on a farm in Bellevue, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, destroyed grain silos, a result of flooding, spill corn onto a muddy field, are seen on a farm in Bellevue, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said during the Wednesday’s hearing that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to do a better job of preventing flooding.

Ernst says continuing the cycle of flooding and rebuilding over and over in unacceptable.

Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said the Corps is too slow and too bureaucratic, and that it doesn’t have enough money to complete needed preventative projects. Gillibrand also said Congress needs to get past partisan fighting, especially when it comes to disaster aid.

In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, corn seed begins to sprout after bursting out of a destroyed grain silo due to flooding on a farm in Bellevue, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, corn seed begins to sprout after bursting out of a destroyed grain silo due to flooding on a farm in Bellevue, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Wednesday hearing is being held in Glenwood, Iowa, after spring flooding along the Missouri River caused more than $3 billion in damage in the region.

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In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, flooding causes corn to burst out of a grain silos on a farm in Bellevue, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, flooding causes corn to burst out of a grain silos on a farm in Bellevue, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

This spring’s massive flooding along the Missouri River unearthed bitter criticism of the federal agency that manages the river while devastating communities and causing more than $3 billion in damage.

The flooding and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ actions will be the focus of a U.S. Senate hearing in western Iowa on Wednesday and critics will demand the agency make flood control its top priority. But Congress would have to act to change the Corps’ priorities.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says the current river management policy needs to be fixed.

In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, the highway 34 bridge spans the Missouri River and it's flooded banks between La Platte, Nebraska and Glenwood, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, the highway 34 bridge spans the Missouri River and it’s flooded banks between La Platte, Nebraska and Glenwood, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

That sentiment is appealing in flood-damaged Midwestern states, but it may not be as popular with supporters of the Corps’ other priorities such as protecting endangered species.

In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, the flooded town of Pacific Junction, Iowa, is seen from above. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, the flooded town of Pacific Junction, Iowa, is seen from above. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, levees built to protect fields from floods, are seen in flooded fields near Pacific Junction, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, levees built to protect fields from floods, are seen in flooded fields near Pacific Junction, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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