OMAHA, Neb.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District awarded a $1,343,000 construction contract Friday to Midwest Construction of Nebraska City, Nebraska to repair damages to the Cedar Creek – Omaha Fish & Wildlife Platte River Right Bank Levee System.
This levee system protects more than $12 million of property along the right bank of the Platte River near Cedar Creek, Nebraska. During the 2019 spring flooding, the system experienced minor and major erosion along thousands of feet of the levee. This is the first non-federal levee system to be repaired and seventh full repair project on the tributary systems throughout the Omaha District area of responsibility that were damaged during the 2019 spring flooding.
“Repairing the levee systems has involved extensive coordination with our levee sponsors and the Cedar Creek system has been no exception,” said Trish Lambert, Deputy Chief for the Omaha District Systems Restoration Team. “With this particular system, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the Omaha Fish and Wildlife Club, are cost-sharing the repairs and have been instrumental in moving this project to construction.”
Repairs on the Cedar Creek levee system are expected to be complete mid-April of 2020.
There are more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers, and tributaries that 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. 19-116