Corps of Engineers: more than $100 million in post-flood repair projects complete

Jun 22, 2012

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say more than $100 million dollars worth of levee repair work has been done following last year’s Missouri River flooding.

Omaha and Kansas City District officials updated the post-flood repairs during a conference call Friday. Last summer’s flooding along the Missouri River caused significant damage in Nebraska and Iowa.

Bret Budd, chief of the Omaha District’s Systems Restoration Team, says 19 projects are ongoing, along with analysis following studies done at levee sites. And Joel Knofczynski of the Missouri River Basin Water Management office says there’s a decreasing risk of snow melt-driven flooding along the River.

NOAA expects warmer-than-normal temperatures to continue.

Water releases from Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota, are currently at 32,000 cubic feet per second. Last year at this time, those releases were more than 150,000 cubic feet per second, and the metro area experienced major flooding along the Missouri River.