Omaha District assesses damage as water recedes
In the March 27 daily update of current flood fight efforts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, is continuing efforts to perform damage assessments as water recedes and access to the levee system becomes available. Omaha District is also conducting underwater surveys of scour holes along the Missouri and Platte Rivers as well as collecting aerial imagery which will support the recovery effort.
There are more than 350 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte, and Elkhorn Rivers and tributaries that have experienced significant flood damage. Due to the magnitude of damage along these levees, repair of the levee system efforts will take an extended period of time to execute.
The majority of the levee system south of Omaha remains compromised and vulnerable due to record inflows surpassing their designed protection levels. There were 54 confirmed full/partial breaches and overtopppings. Thy were at; L611-614 (south of Council Bluffs, Iowa); L-601 (south of Glenwood, Iowa); L-594 (near Fremont County, Iowa); L-575 (Fremont County, Iowa); L-550 (Atchison County, Missouri); L-536 (Atchinson County, Missouri); R-613 (Sarpy County, Nebraska); R-562 (Nemaha County, Nebraska); Clear Creek (Ashland, Nebraska); Union Levee (Valley, Nebraska); and R-573 (Otoe County, Nebraska). There is only one levee that remains overtopped, L-550.
The first source of information for citizens is their local emergency managers. For questions or concerns you can call 211, which is a national resource hotline and website geared to local area needs.