Omaha, NE – Omaha has been named the Best Value City 2011 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.
Senior Editor Bob Frick says Omaha was chosen after conducting months of research and visiting the city. He says criteria included the cost of living, vibrancy of the local economy and arts and culture in the city.
Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to step down releases from Gavins Point Dam to 40,000 cubic feet per second by October first.
Northwestern Division Commander, Brigadier General John McMahon, announced the release schedule during a conference call Friday. The Corps plans to reduce releases from Gavins Point to 150,000 cubic feet per second Monday. That'll continue through mid-August.
Omaha, NE – 70 dewatering wells are drilled and functioning at Omaha's Eppley Airfield.
Omaha Airport Authority executive director Steve Coufal says they're in the third phase of their flood control plan monitoring the levees and dewatering wells. Coufal says the dewatering wells are doing their job, which is to reduce groundwater levels. Groundwater levels are down as much as 14 feet near the dewatering wells and two and a half feet near the Airfield itself.
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska National Guard's monitoring of Omaha's 13 mile levee system ends Sunday.
Omaha's Missouri River Unified Command requested Guard assistance with levee monitoring through the end of August. Marty Grate of Omaha Public Works says that request was denied with little explanation. That means city employees and private contractors will be trained in levee monitoring and surveillance starting Thursday.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Power District officials say the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station will undergo several inspections before reopening.
OPPD and Nuclear Regulatory Commission representatives met Wednesday in Omaha about the post-flood future of the Fort Calhoun plant. It's been closed since April for refueling. NRC officials say the plant will be evaluated in four areas and all flood control items will be removed before the plant reopens.
Omaha, NE – Tuesday, August 2nd is National Night Out and the Night Out for Neighbors.
Bridget Fitzpatrick is a Crime Prevention Specialist for the Omaha Police Department. She says on National Night Out, the police department encourages people to have neighborhood block parties and get together, or at least leave their outside lights on. Fitzpatrick says an organized and watchful neighborhood is one of the best ways to deter crime.