The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $7.5 million contract for the initial breach repair along the Missouri River at Levee near Percival, Iowa that allowed the community to flood.
The repairs will provide temporary flood protection. “This award is the first of a series of initial breach closure projects to reduce the risk of further flooding of critical infrastructure, such as I-29 in Iowa,” says Bret Budd, Chief, Omaha District Systems Restoration Team.
The Omaha District has begun planning of the permanent levee repairs to bring the levees damaged by the March flood to the same level of authorized flood risk reduction that the systems had prior to the flood.
The Corps of Engineers expects that the majority of the breach repair fill material will be dredged from the Missouri River. The work is expected to take 60 days.