US Army Corps of Engineers
Omaha District

L594 Levee Restoration Information

Background: The L575-594 Benton-Washington – Pleasant Valley - Waubonsie Levee System experienced significant damage during the 2019 Flood Event.  This led to five (5) breaches, along with substantial other damages, occurring throughout the Levee System.

Current Action: Two priority breaches impacting the I-29 corridor have been identified for initial repairs.  The construction contract for the first of these two breach repairs was awarded on 20 May 2019.  These initial repairs are directed at stopping the flow from the Missouri River into the area behind the levee system and providing an incremental level of flood risk management.  Follow-on actions to repair the second priority breach as well as to further repair the levee system and provide additional flood risk management are being coordinated within the PL 84-99 program. 


Initial Breach Repair # 1 – 1.25 mi. SW of Bartlett, IA


Diamond Group Engineering of Santa Ana, CA

Contract Amount


Contract Award

May 20, 2019

  Construction Start

May 21,2019


Update pending due to recent high-water.










Next Steps:

  1. Provide an interim level of flood risk management at the second priority breach location.
  2. Conduct physical damage assessment when water levels recede and the levees are accessible
  3. Design and construct levee rehabilitation to authorized level of flood risk management.

Status Updates:

08 July 2019 – All work on the first breach is complete and the final inspection was held on 01 July 2019.  The team is now developing a plan for initial repairs to the other identified priority breach on the L-594 system.

20 June 2019 – The first priority breach was initially closed on 13 June 2019.  This repair restores this section of the levee system to its pre-flood elevation.  Only minor finishing work remains before this construction contract is complete.

12 June 2019 – The contractor resumed work on the breach 1-1/4 miles SW of Bartlett, IA on 5 June following the late May high water event. Current plan is to repair damaged levee crest ruts and initially close breach within the next week.


NOAA Water Gauge Levels

L594 Imagery

Photo documents levee L594 breach near Fremont, IA Mar. 14, 2019. (Photo by USACE, Omaha District).
Photo documents levee L594 breach near Fremont, IA Mar. 14, 2019. (Photo by USACE, Omaha District).

Video Gallery

Aerial view of Levee L594 Apr. 15, 2019
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
April 15, 2019 | 9:13
Aerial view of Levee L594 Apr. 15, 2019, following March 2019 runoff event. (Video by Mike Glasch)