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Omaha Public Radio News
8:39 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Corps to increase water releases from Gavins Point dam to 160,000 cfs

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase the amount of water released from Gavins Point Dam to 160,000 cubic feet per second.

A news release from the Omaha District Corps' office says the 160,000 cubic feet per second releases begin Thursday. That'll last through August. Currently, 150,000 cubic feet per second of water is being released from Gavins Point Dam.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Omaha goes to three day a week volunteer sandbagging shifts

Sandbags sit atop an earthen berm protecting Omaha's Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Photo by Katie Knapp Schubert, KIOS-FM

Omaha, NE – Omaha's Parks Department is going to three day a week sandbagging, with two shifts available each of those days for volunteers.

Parks Director Melinda Pearson says 1,550 people have volunteered so far to fill sandbags at Levi Carter Park. That's resulted in more than 200,000 sandbags for public and private use.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Storm temporarily knocks out power to three Council Bluffs pumping stations

Omaha, NE – Monday night's strong thunderstorms knocked three Council Bluffs storm water pumping stations offline for an hour.

A news release from the city says the Dodge Park, Avenue C, and Playland pumping stations lost power about 8:30 pm Monday. MidAmerican Energy got the stations back online about an hour after the storm.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:17 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Public Works crews installing additional equipment at an Omaha lift station

Sandbags sit atop an earthen berm protecting Omaha's Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Photo by Katie Knapp Schubert, KIOS-FM

Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Works employees are installing additional equipment at the Burt-Izard lift station so rain water properly drains from the facility.

Environmental Services Manager Marty Grate says the additional equipment includes pumps to remove rain water. The additional equipment means rain water can be pumped away from the lift station and in to the Missouri River.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:41 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

State emergency management agency officials say because the flooding situation may change rapidly, it is not safe to sightsee in flooded areas.

Omaha, NE – The curious nature of some individuals may get them into trouble if they get too close to the flooded areas.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:01 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Salvation Army prepares for prolonged response to flooded areas

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha is preparing to assist residents displaced from their homes because of Missouri River flooding.

Spokeswoman Susan Eustice says they're on standby to provide assistance in this area. The Siouxland Chapter is already providing meals, cleanup kits and other support to families in South Dakota. Eustice says that'll likely continue in to the fall.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Current flooding problems directly related to excessive rainfall in Montana

Courtesy of the Daily Republic Flood Blog

Omaha, NE – The primary cause of the Missouri River flooding can be traced back to an 8-inch rainfall event that occurred in May in eastern Montana.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:49 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Grassley confident federal aid will be available to help flooded areas

Council Bluffs, IA – U.S. Senator Charles Grassley is confident federal money will be available to help western Iowa recover from Missouri River flooding.

Grassley visited Council Bluffs Friday morning, the first stop on a four-city tour of the Missouri River flooding. He joined Council Bluffs emergency management officials in a meeting on the flood situation, and toured the city's levee system.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:40 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

National Guard soldiers to patrol Omaha's levee system

Omaha, NE – National Guard soldiers begin patrolling Omaha's 13-mile levee system Saturday.

South Sioux City and Council Bluffs also have National Guard soldiers patrolling the levees. Guardsmen and women will be trained Friday and begin 24 hour inspection of the levee system Saturday morning.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:07 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Omaha unveils evacuation plan in case of levee breach

Omaha, NE – Omaha emergency officials have an evacuation plan ready in the event the Missouri River levee breaches.

The evacuation plan covers an area from the Missouri River on the east to Florence Boulevard and 16th Street on the west. 10th Street is its southern border. About 2,700 residents live in that area.

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