US Army Corps of Engineers
Omaha District

Norfolk - Elkhorn River - Levee Restoration Information

Background: The Norfolk – Elkhorn River Left and Right Bank Projects were damaged during the 2019 Flood Event, leading to the Project Sponsor submitting a Public Law (PL) 84-99 Rehabilitation Assistance request to the US Army Corps of Engineers – Omaha District.

Current Action: Design funding has been requested to begin the engineering and design work on the repair project.  The purpose of this rehabilitation project is to repair the systems to their authorized level of flood risk management.

Next Steps:

  1. Complete the Engineering and Design process.
  2. Advertise and award the repair construction contract.
  3. Repair the system to its authorized level of flood risk management.

Status Updates:

06 September 2019 – The team conducted a Plan In-Hand review of the levee repair design and is still on schedule to advertise this fall.

23 August 2019 – Team continues engineering and design work on repairs for the Norfolk levee system. Design is expected to be complete by late summer/early fall at which time a construction contract will be advertised and awarded to repair the system.

05 August 2019 – Engineering and Design (E&D) work continues for rehabilitating the Norfolk levee system. The team is still anticipating to be done with the E&D process by late summer or early fall.

16 July 2019 – An initial site damage assessment and economic analysis has been completed.  From this initial assessment the USACE team has determined that there are damages to the levee system that are eligible for PL 84-99 Rehabilitation Assistance. Engineering and Design (E&D) work is on-going for rehabilitating the Norfolk – Elkhorn River systems. The team is anticipating to be done with the E&D process for repairing the damage identified by late-summer or early-fall.

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Norfolk (Left) Levee Imagery

Large scour hole underneath the East Benjamin Avenue Bridge in Norfolk, Neb. Photo taken May 10, 2019.
High flows on the Norfolk River carrying debris on Mar. 24 2019.

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