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Omaha Public Radio News
12:38 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Omaha officials update flooding situation

Omaha, NE – The Missouri River is expected to rise two feet between now and Friday at Omaha.

Omaha's Missouri River Unified Command updated the flood situation during a daily briefing Tuesday. As of Tuesday morning, the river is at 30.1 feet, a foot above flood stage.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

OPPD issues Notification of Unusual Event for Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant

Omaha, NE – Rising Missouri River flood water has forced OPPD to declare a Notification of Unusual Event at its Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant.

OPPD made the announcement in a news release this afternoon. Such notifications are made when events are happening or have happened that will impact the plant. In the news release, OPPD says the river is expected to rise to 1,004 feet above sea level this week and remain there for at least a month.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:23 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Corps of Engineers to increase water releases through next week

Omaha, NE – The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin releasing 150,000 cubic feet per second of water from a South Dakota dam June 14.

The Corps' Omaha office updated the Missouri River flooding during a briefing Sunday afternoon. Ted Streckfuss is Deputy District Engineer for the Omaha office. He says once the Corps begins releasing that water from Gavins Point Dam, it'll raise the river level at Omaha to 34 to 36 feet. Flood stage at Omaha is 29 feet.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Rail line to be shut down through Sarpy County

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says Burlington Northern is shutting down its rail line through Sarpy County because of flooding.

NEMA's daily update says the railroad is closing the rail line that runs along the Missouri River through Bellevue and Sarpy County. Bellevue's Emergency Management Agency received 5,000 sandbags Thursday. Haworth Park and its marina remain closed due to flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:36 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Council Bluffs filling sandbags, monitoring river levels

Omaha, NE – Council Bluffs officials are monitoring Missouri River levels daily and preparing for the river to crest later this month.

Emergency management officials updated the city's flood response at a news conference Friday. Council Bluffs' Public Works Department has monitored the levee every day for the past two weeks.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:21 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Omaha closing one of its 17 waste water pumping stations

Omaha, NE – Rising Missouri River flood water is forcing Omaha Public Works to close one of its lift stations.

Environmental Services Manager Marty Grate says the Monroe Street Lift Station, one of the city's 17 waste water pumping stations, closed Friday. He says that'll result in about six million gallons a day of untreated waste water flowing in to the Missouri River.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

MCC has a new Green Bike Program

Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College has seven new bikes available for checkout on campus for students, faculty and staff.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:58 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Omaha Among Top 10 Great Cities for College Grads

Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha has been named one of the Top 10 Great Cities for College Graduates by Kiplinger.com.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:56 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Council Bluffs calls for volunteers to fill sandbags

Omaha, NE – The city of Council Bluffs is looking for volunteers to help fill sandbags.

A news release from the city says sandbagging will take place Saturday and Sunday mornings in the parking lot of the Mid America Center. Volunteers are needed both days starting at 8 am to fill sandbags.

Officials say all volunteers are welcome. Volunteers under age 16 must be with an adult.

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8:14 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Road closed, day camp canceled due to flood threat

Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha has closed the road leading to Freedom Park due to rising flood water and motorists driving on the levee.

A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle's office says OPD and Omaha Public Works closed the road Thursday night out of concern for both public safety and the stability of the levee. Freedom Park closed Wednesday, and Suttle's office says flood water is now on the road leading to the park.

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