The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a new, three-mile long levee near Nebraska City.
The $12.9 million project will re-align levee L-575 along Highway 2. It’ll be built further away from the Missouri River than the existing section of levee. Once it’s built, the existing levee at that location in Fremont County, Iowa, will be torn down. The Corps of Engineers awarded a contract earlier this week for the levee setback project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold seven public meetings next month in cities along the Missouri River.
The meetings will be held April 16th through 20th. Each is an opportunity for the public for hear from Northwest District officials about this year’s runoff season. The 2012 runoff season began March first.
Omaha’s meeting is April 18th at the Marriott. It begins at 6 PM.
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.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says additional storage space will be available in the six Missouri River main stem reservoirs this spring.
During a biweekly conference call Friday, Corps officials discussed conditions going in to the start of the spring runoff season, which begins March first. Jody Farhat, Chief of the Omaha District’s Water Management Division, says plains and mountain snowpack are below this time last year.