OMAHA, Neb.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District awarded a $359,000 construction contract to repair the damages to the Ida Grove – Odebolt Creek Left Bank Flood Control Project on Wednesday.
The Ida Grove Flood Control Project is a channel and levee system that was constructed to reduce flood risk for the Ida Grove, Iowa community. During the 2019 spring flooding significant erosion and scour occurred around the Harold Godberson Drive Bridge. The awarded contract will repair these damages, protecting the bridge from further damage.
This is the sixth full repair project on the tributary systems throughout the Omaha District Area of Responsibility that were damaged during the 2019 spring flooding, and the first project on a tributary system in Iowa.
“Although there has been a heavy focus on repairing the damaged levee systems along the Missouri River, awarding this contract is an example of the significant resources the Omaha District has also been committing to repairing the tributary systems damaged during the 2019 flooding” said Jeff Bohlken, Program Manager for the Omaha District Systems Restoration Team.
The contract was awarded to KEU Inc. of Vancouver, Washington, and the period of performance for the contact is 90 calendar days. The repairs will restore the flood control system to its pre-flood condition.
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/.