OMAHA, Neb. --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District completed an initial breach closure on levee L594-B, an inlet breach near Bartlett, Iowa Thursday. Completion of final construction activities, i.e. surfacing, seeding, etc. is anticipated by early next week.
“There was great teamwork between the levee sponsor, the contractor and the Corps to get this breach repair completed following initial setbacks due to heavy rain and high river stages that occurred immediately after award”, said Bret Budd, the Chief of the Omaha Systems Restoration Team.
The original contract of $249,218 was awarded to Diamond Group Engineering of Santa Ana, Calif May 20, 2019 and construction began May 21.
There are more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers, and tributaries that have experienced significant flood damage since March 2019. 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 our 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/.
Related release: https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1853114/corps-of-engineers-awards-contract-for-breach-repair-near-bartlett-ia/
Release no. 19-086