OMAHA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, awarded an $249,218 contract today to close a breach in the L594 levee along the Missouri River southwest of Bartlett, in Mills County Iowa.
The Corps of Engineers awarded the contract to Diamond Group Engineering of Santa Ana, California. The breach closure is a temporary meausre until the levee system can be fully repaired. Repairs are scheduled to be completed by June 1.
The Omaha District continues to perform levee assessments as waters subside, and planning is still underway to repair the 50 breaches caused by the March high runoff event. Final repairs will be made to the same level of flood risk reduction authorized by Congress, in place prior to March.
“Elevated risk remains until the federal levee system is fully repaired”, said Matthew Krajewski, Readiness Branch Chief. “Please continue to exercise extreme caution. Stay in close contact with your local emergency management agency for more information.”
There are more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers, and tributaries that have experienced significant flood damage. Due to the magnitude of damage along these levees, repair of the levee system efforts will take an extended period of time to execute. Levees must be active in the Public Law 84-99 program to be eligible for federal funding for repairs.
Omaha District’s focus remains on ensuring the safety of citizens and communicating the conditions on the river systems to all of its partners and stakeholders. The Corps continues to provide flood fight assistance to state, local and tribal government agencies.
For regular updates on the repair efforts to flood control structures in the Missouri River Basin, visit the Omaha District’s System Restoration web page at: https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Omaha-District-System-Restoration-Team/.
For specific updates to levee L594, visit: https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Omaha-District-System-Restoration-Team/L594/
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
1616 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE 68102
Release no. 19-074