Regional
3:06 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Perry Blasts Feds Over Rio Grande Levees

Texas – Gov. Rick Perry has launched another attack on Washington, saying he wants quicker repairs for levees along the Rio Grande.

Perry on Friday released a letter he sent to the Obama administration that criticizes the federal International Boundaries and Water Commission for slow spending on millions of dollars slated for levee upgrades along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.

Agency spokeswoman Sally Spener says she hasn't seen the letter but said levees in south Texas are in their best shape in years.

Perry said Hurricane Alex and other tropical systems that battered the Rio Grande this summer raised new concerns about levee security and safety.

Levee maintenance joins border security as areas where Perry says the federal government has failed to do its job.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.