OMAHA, Neb. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District completed the initial breach closure on levee breach L-575-B-I, an inlet breach near Hamburg, Iowa Thursday.
This inlet breach was identified as one of four priority breaches to be closed to protect vital infrastructure. This
closure stops the inflows through this breach and will allow for follow-on construction activities to increase the level of flood risk management to approximately the 4% Annual Chance Exceedance (25-yr) level for this section of the L-575 Levee System until the system can be fully rehabilitated.
“Every incremental step we make toward rehabilitating the levee system is important to the communities affected by the March flooding”, said Bret Budd, Chief of the Omaha District Systems Restoration Team. “We’ll be seeing a number of contract awards coming up in the next few weeks and we’re happy to see how quickly we’ve been able to get through the contracting process to accomplish the mission.”
The original contract of $12 million was awarded to Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa on Apr. 19, 2019, and construction began May 4.
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.
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/.
Release no. 19-096