USA: Army Corps Meets Deadline for Repairs to Levees, Dams

Army Corps Meets Deadline for Repairs to Levees, Dams

The final round of contracts awaiting award for repair work within the Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, following damages sustained throughout the Missouri River basin during the Flood of 2011 have been obligated with repairs to 15 impacted levee systems slated for completion by the spring of 2013.

“We completed all of our critical repairs prior to the start of the 2013 runoff season with a subsequent goal of executing the remainder of repair work categorized as being high priority work, by the end of September 2012” said Bret Budd, Chief of the Omaha District Systems Restoration Team. “To date, we have awarded contracts for all of those projects except one, and we expect to award that one within the next few weeks.”

The Omaha District Systems Restoration Team was established in the aftermath of the Flood of 2011 to focus on the execution of repairs and the restoration of levee systems to their originally designed level of flood risk reduction.

Prior to an earlier March 1, 2012 deadline, the Corps closed five breaches along Missouri River Levee Units L575 and L550, restoring several critically damaged segments of levee from Omaha and Council Bluffs south to just below the Missouri state line.

The final repair bill for the Omaha District totaled $360 million. Levee rehabilitation work came to $160 million and repairs to damages at the six mainstem dam projects totaled $200 million.

Press Release, November 26, 2012

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