USACE, Hamburg ink Section 1176 project agreement

The USACE Omaha District and the City of Hamburg, Iowa, have signed the Section 1176 project agreement that will allow for raising the Hamburg Ditch 6 levee eight feet, significantly increasing the flood risk management benefits the levee provides to the city.

This significant achievement comes after the Omaha District, city of Hamburg, and other stakeholders have worked diligently with Headquarters USACE and Northwestern Division to implement the Section 1176 Authority from the 2020 Water Resources Development Act.

According to USACE, this is the first project across the nation to utilize the Section 1176 authority to raise the height of a federal levee system.   

“I’m excited to join Mayor Cathy Crain and the city of Hamburg on this important project agreement to raise flood protection around the city of Hamburg,” said Col. Mark Himes, commander, USACE-Omaha. “I look forward to working with the city in the upcoming construction this spring.

The Hamburg Ditch 6 levee was overtopped and sustained severe damage during the 2019 floods, leading to significant flooding within the city of Hamburg.

Under the PL 84-99 program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can restore levees active in the program to their pre-flood congressionally authorized elevation Section 1176 allows a levee sponsor, at their cost, an avenue to raise the elevation of a levee above its current congressionally authorized elevation after developing engineering drawings and completing studies demonstrating that the modified levee will not produce adverse impacts as a result of the raise.  

In total, the city of Hamburg, with support from other stakeholders, will contribute $7-8 million to raise the Ditch 6 levee to its new elevation and provide additional flood risk management benefits to the city.

Following the historical signing of this agreement, the construction contract for this project will be advertised later this month, and the project construction will start shortly thereafter. 

Photo: Mike Glasch, USACE