OMAHA, Neb. --
Two outlet breaches on the Missouri River Levee System L-594 were closed on Saturday. These are the third and fourth breaches to be closed on the L-594 system, providing an initial level of flood risk management to the area behind this downstream portion of the levee, located west of Thurman, Iowa. The USACE team and Contractor will continue finalizing repairs at these breach locations while also focusing on the one remaining outlet breach.
“Even with the recent winter weather the team has remained steadfast in their commitment to restoring the L-594 levee system. This team is comprised of companies that are often times direct competitors but have come together under the common goal of repairing the damaged levee system that is vitally important to the communities and land owners behind it. Closing these two breaches is a direct reflection of the field team's leadership and problem solving mentality,” said Corina Zhang, USACE Resident Engineer for L-594 Project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District also awarded a $4.7 million construction contract to Blade Masters Ground Maintenance of Bennington last Friday. This contract will repair the Salt Creek Levee systems in Lincoln, Nebraska. There is an estimated $1.1 billion in property that receives flood risk management benefits from these Salt Creek Levee Systems, making the repair of these levee systems vitally important to the city of Lincoln, Nebraska and the USACE.
“Due to the unprecedented workload we saw following the 2019 flooding, we worked with HDR to design this levee repair project. This project is a perfect example of how the team is leveraging resources from outside of the District to ensure we get all of these levee repair projects under contract as quickly as possible,” said Eric McKinney, Project Manager for the Omaha District Systems Restoration Team.
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 complete.
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. 20-014