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Posted 3/2/2016

Release no. 20160302-001

Eileen Williamson


Greg Johnson

OMAHA, NE — The Lincoln/Lancaster County Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) has invited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to participate in an open house public meeting on Tuesday, March 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Building, 1800 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. USACE will provide an update on the Deadman's Run flood risk management feasibility study, while the RTSD will seek public input on its 33rd and Cornhusker Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study.

“Since our initial scoping meeting with the public in June 2015 on the feasibility study, we have been working with our sponsors, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the City of Lincoln, on developing solutions to reduce flood impacts to life safety and property along Deadman's Run,” said Greg Johnson, Plan Formulation Section Chief with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “This open house presents us with the opportunity to share with the public where we are at in the study process and get their input on several preliminary structural alternatives to reduce flooding.”

“We appreciate the RTSD’s invitation to participate in this open house because the transportation improvements being proposed in the 33rd and Cornhusker PEL Study could have an impact on a portion of Deadmans Run that we are looking at in our flood risk management study. By working closely with our study sponsors and the RTSD, we have the potential to identify solutions that overlap both studies which could create cost sharing and/or cost saving opportunities,” said Johnson.

Comments on the Corps’ preliminary alternatives to reduce flooding may be submitted at the public meeting, emailed to cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil or mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PM-AC; ATTN: Rebecca Podkowka; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102-4901. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than April 14, 2016.

Anyone with questions about the public meeting may contact Ms. Kris Humphrey at the Lincoln/Lancaster County RTSD at 402-326-1176 or khumphrey@lincoln.ne.gov.

Deadmans Run flood risk management Section 205