Aug 23, 2019

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Repairs Levees Along Missouri River

Phase one continues with closing and repairing breaches

Phase one continues with closing and repairing breaches

Levee repairs along the Missouri River have been completed. After rain and snowmelt caused the Missouri River to overtop levee systems in May, according to NBC News. Over 50 levees burst during the flooding and required more than $1 billion for future work. 

According to KMALand, a progress report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows more work remains from damage repairs associated with the 2019 floods. Phase one work continues with closing and repairing breaches where most infrastructure and population centers are at risk. Planning also is underway for phase two, including full repairs, according to KMALand

"We have been developing project information reports--or PIRs," said Tom Brady, of Army Corps' Northwestern Division Readiness and Contingency Operations, according to KMALand. "These PIRs frame repair strategies, and determine the economic feasibility of repairing eligible levees. Of the 182 requests for rehab assistance, we've thus far approved 67 of these requests, and they have been subsequently been transitioning to engineering design or construction. A few of the full construction projects have already begun to commence." 

The corps teams are continuing to help refine damage assessments on the impacted levees. 

According to KMALand, Matt Krajewski is chief of the readiness branch for the corps' Omaha district. The initial breach closure for levee L611-614 is about 95% complete and more progress is being made on the Bartlett levee. 

"For 601 near Bartlett, Iowa," Krajewski said, according to KMALand. "The sand berm's construction is complete to the design height of the construction that is in place. Work remaining includes some riprap placement, erosion control matting, and deconstruction of the (Waubonsie) haul road. Estimated completion and demobilization on that project is also mid-September."

He also said the corps is working on engineering and design for rehabilitation of the Ditch 6 levee back "to its authorized level of protection," according to KMALand.  A link to the corps Omaha district's levee status can be viewed here.