Nebraska‘s largest city is preparing for flooding from the Missouri River. Gordon Anderson is in charge of Omaha Public Works and says the city’s flood gates are built to handle a 38-foot river level. With the flood gates closed and earthen levies in place, residents should be protected. The calculated at 150-thousand cubic feet per second is going to be at least five more foot of river levels that what we are seeing now.
Anderson says other flooding precautions are in place. He says while Omaha should be protected, those to the south will likely have problems.
Anderson says the city of Omaha has a 500-year protection level of levy and it is actually built a little bit higher than that. The system in Omaha will be constantly monitored, several times a day, to see if levies and the flood gates are holding up. Omaha has 13 miles of levies and many are earthen. Anderson says river traffic will likely have to come to a halt due to debris and other dangers. That includes personal and commercial watercraft.