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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.