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Omaha Public Radio News
2:41 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Council Bluffs unveils three-level warning system for flood notifications

Omaha, NE – Council Bluffs emergency management officials have a new three-level warning system in the event of significant flooding.

Fire Chief Alan Byers says the level of warning is based on the possibility of a levee breach. A level one warning means a flood event is slowing developing in an area, but no evacuation is needed. At level two, there's a significant potential for flooding and emergency management officials will recommend that residents leave.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Omaha needs volunteers to help fill sandbags

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

Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha needs volunteers for sandbagging efforts.

One city sandbagging effort began Sunday at Levi Carter Park. Another begins June 27th at the Interstate 3 parking lot. That's located between 18th and 19th streets at Cass and Chicago Streets.

Parks Director Melinda Pearson says volunteers age 19 and older are needed to work one of three shifts.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:41 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Omaha needs volunteers for sandbagging efforts

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

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Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha needs volunteers for sandbagging efforts.

One city sandbagging effort began Sunday at Levi Carter Park. Another begins June 27th at the Interstate 3 parking lot. That's located between 18th and 19th streets at Cass and Chicago Streets.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Mills County under a disaster declaration

Omaha, NE – Mills County is currently under a disaster declaration, which means the county could see severe flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:16 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Omaha officials discuss risk of standing water in downtown

Omaha, NE – Omaha officials are concerned that heavy rain could cause water to back up in to downtown.

At a briefing Monday afternoon, Omaha Public Works officials released projections for downtown flooding should the city receive 2.4 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The maps project up to a foot of standing water in the Qwest Center and TD Ameritrade Park parking lots if such a rainfall happens. Heavy rainfall could result in standing water in areas north of the ballpark as well.

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Omaha Public Radio News
4:01 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Iowa Emergency Management Agency gives update on levee breach in Hamburg

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Omaha, NE – During its daily conference call, the Iowa Emergency Management Agency gave an update on the levee breach near Hamburg, Iowa.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Omaha utilities officials say Missouri River not affecting their operations

Omaha, NE – Omaha's Public Power District and Metropolitan Utilities District say their respective operations are fine despite the rising Missouri River.

The Missouri River is above flood stage from Blair to Rulo. Monday afternoon, a levee broke near Hamburg, Iowa.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:56 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Red Cross considers additional shelter sites as flood threat increases

Omaha, NE – American Red Cross Heartland Chapter officials say additional shelters could open as the Missouri River continues to rise.

The Heartland Chapter currently has two shelters open. One is at Fort Calhoun High School. The other is at Sidney High School in Sidney, Iowa. Both are open 24 hours.

Heartland Chapter spokeswoman Danelle Schlegelmilch says other shelter sites are under consideration in Cass, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.

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Omaha Public Radio News
7:43 am
Mon June 13, 2011

International experts on bullying are in town for a two-day conference this week

Omaha, NE – R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is bringing seven international experts to Omaha for a two-day conference on bullying.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:34 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Omaha officials monitoring levees, using additional pumps on Abbott Drive

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

Omaha, NE – It cost the city of Omaha $500,000 to build a half-mile long earthen berm protecting the Missouri River Waste Water Treatment Plant.

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