Post-flood repair work underway in western Iowa

Jan 23, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several levee repair projects underway following last summer’s Missouri River flooding.

The Corps updated the construction work during a conference call last Friday. One project is in Council Bluffs. Kim Thomas of the Omaha District’s Emergency Management Division says repairs are underway at the 28thStreet and Veterans Memorial Bridge locations. The existing pump stations have been demolished, and construction is scheduled to be complete on March first.

At Hamburg, Iowa, crews are working to repair three breaches in a levee and rebuild them to pre-flood levels. Work is 75 percent complete at two of those locations. $9 million dollars in levee work is also underway at Rock Port, Missouri.

Corps officials say releases from Gavins Point Dam will remain above 22,000 cubic feet per second in to February.

Jody Farhat, chief of the Omaha District’s Water Management Division, says all of the 2011 flood water has been released from the main stem reservoir system. As of late last week, an additional 400,000 acre feet of flood control storage is available.

Farhat says snowpack is significantly lower than at this time last year. But she says the Corps continues to monitor conditions and will make adjustments as needed.

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