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Corps awards $4.7 million contract for levee repair work south of Nebraska City, Neb.

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Omaha, Neb. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, awarded a $4.7 million contract Tuesday for critical repairs on the Missouri River Levee system, south of Nebraska City, Neb.

The levee is located along the right bank of the Missouri River channel and is approximately 5 miles southeast of Nebraska City, Neb., from river mile 570 to 574. Work on Missouri River Levee R-573. will address damages to the project caused by the Flood of 2011 and include the following:

  • Repairs to scour holes;
  • Construction of seepage berms;
  • Slope repairs; and
  • Seeding

Work on critical aspects of these repairs is scheduled to be complete by March 1.

The contract was awarded to Newt Marine Services out of Dubuque, Iowa.

Construction on the original levee system in Otoe County, Neb. began in April 1949 and was substantially completed in May 1950.

The project principally provides flood risk reduction for roughly 5.9 square miles including the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Nebraska City Coal-Fired Station.

In response to the Flood of 2011, the District Engineer for the Omaha District identified a need for a special execution cell or team to engage in time-sensitive rehabilitation of flood controls structures - including dams and levees - in the Missouri River Basin.

Drawing on funding provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act signed Dec. 23, 2011, by President Barack Obama, the Omaha District Systems Restoration Team (SRT) was established to focus the vast skills and abilities of the district to execute those repairs. The SRT will bring innovative, world-class solutions to restore levees in the PL 84-99 program as well as the mainstem dams and related flood control structures to their authorized level of flood risk reduction.

For regular updates on the repair efforts to flood control structures in the Missouri River Basin, visit the Omaha District’s Flood 2011 Systems Restoration Team web page.

Monique Farmer

Release no. 20120215-001