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.

Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stolinski says an earthen levee under construction around Omaha's waste water treatment plant is nearly complete. When it's complete Wednesday, the berm will be the length of seven football fields and consist of 45,000 cubic feet of dirt.

Stolinski says the Corps' of Engineers latest projections still show a crest of 34 to 36 feet at Omaha. The Corps plans to start releasing 150,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Gavins Point Dam next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Omaha's Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority says there are no plans to move the 2011 College World Series to an alternate site.

MECA manages TD Ameritrade Park, the new home of the College World Series. In recent days, Missouri River flooding has raised concerns that the CWS may need to move elsewhere.

But MECA President Roger Dixon says that's not the case, and the ballpark is ready to go. He says a reservoir system under the stadium's playing field can hold eight and a half inches of water. Underground pumps can remove standing water from the parking lots if needed.

The College World Series begins June 18th.