Congressman Dan Boren said Friday that a public meeting initially slated for Aug. 29 is being re-scheduled at the request of Miami officials.
The 10 a.m. event would have brought together local, state and federal entities to discuss flooding issues in Miami and Ottawa County.
However, city officials are pushing for a meeting time that is more accommodating to the public and gives the majority of flood victims an opportunity to attend - preferably a Tuesday or Thursday evening.
Boren said Friday that a new date has not been set and that he can't guarantee that the meeting will be an evening meeting.
“It may have to be held over a lunch hour, Boren said. “I am doing everything I can to facilitate a meeting that will provide an open forum for people to ask questions I am working on a format that will allow for experts to be on hand to answer questions.
Boren said he recognizes the fact that it is important for are residents to be able to “get down to the issues and discuss their concerns in a civil matter with experts who can answer their questions.
“For us, this is about keeping a promise, Boren said as he acknowledged the logistical challenge of bringing together the Grand River Dam Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Oklahoma Emergency Management officials and area elected officials.
“We said we are going to have a public meeting, Boren said. “And we are going to do it.