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Missouri River Flooding
1:29 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Papio-Missouri River NRD and city of Omaha partnering on levee study, improvements

Mayor Jim Suttle, Papio-Missouri River NRD General Manager John Winkler, and Gordon Andersen of Omaha Public Works announced the partnership at a Friday news conference.
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District is contributing $2 million toward additional upgrades and a study of Omaha’s levee system.

The study is required for FEMA recertification of the levee system. That’s separate from what’s done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. FEMA began requiring levee certifications after Hurricane Katrina.

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Missouri River Flooding
1:02 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

2012 spring runoff season begins

A view of Missouri River flooding near Ft. Calhoun.
courtesy Google Images

The 2012 spring runoff season is underway along the Missouri River.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say releases from Gavins Point Dam averaged 22,000 cubic feet per second during February. It’ll stay at that level through the middle of this month, and then increase for the start of the navigation season. Last year’s record runoff season led to devastating flooding along the Missouri River in Nebraska and Iowa.

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Missouri River Flooding
9:04 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Corps of Engineers, emergency managers prepare for 2012 runoff season

A view of last summer's Missouri River flooding near Ft. Calhoun.
courtesy Google Images

The leader of the Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District believes the agency is better prepared in the event of flooding this year.

About 70 emergency managers and levee sponsors gathered Tuesday in Omaha for the annual Missouri River flood fight preparedness training. Last year’s Missouri River flooding inundated farms, businesses, and homes in western Iowa for more than three months.

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Missouri River Flooding
12:47 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Temporary housing option made available to Iowans in five counties

Western Iowa residents forced out of their homes by Missouri River flooding may have another option for temporary housing.

Iowa Finance Authority spokeswoman Ashley Jared says flood victims can apply for a waiver to live in housing usually restricted by the federal government to low-income families.

Jared says the waiver applies to flood victims in Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont counties. People who lived in those counties between May 25th and August first of 2011 can apply for the housing waiver.

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Missouri River Flooding
1:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Levee repair projects underway near Bellevue, Nebraska CIty

Two more levee repair projects are underway south of Omaha following last summer’s Missouri River flooding.

The Corps of Engineers says a $43,000 contract was awarded for seeding along the levee from Bellevue to Plattsmouth. A $4.7 million repair project is also underway five miles south of Nebraska City.

Brett Budd, chief of the Omaha District’s Systems Restoration Team, says the work south of Nebraska City involves repairing scour holes and installing a seepage berm. He says the entire project will be complete by June first.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Post-flood repair work underway in western Iowa

The Missouri River flooded the Omaha riverfront during the summer of 2011.
Katie Schubert KIOS

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.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:59 pm
Sun January 8, 2012

Levee repair projects underway following Missouri River flooding

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says 19 levee repair projects are in the works at a cost of $280 million dollars.

Officials from the Corps' Omaha office updated the levee repairs during a conference call Friday afternoon. Last summer's Missouri River flooding caused several levee breaches along the Nebraska-Iowa border, and farther south in to Missouri.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Corps of Engineers releases 2012 Annual Operating Plan

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use last year's record water releases and runoff in its future forecasts for water releases.

The Corps released its 2012 Annual Operating Plan Friday. The plan is based in part on comments received at a series of public meetings. It also includes recommendations from a report issued last month by a four-member panel who studied the Corps' response to last summer's Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:16 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Red Cross responded to more than 400 regional disasters in 2011

Omaha, NE – The Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to more than 400 disasters last year.

The Nebraska/southwest Iowa Region's disaster response included opening 11 shelters and providing more than 23,000 meals to people displaced by Missouri River flooding.

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