The cost of fighting a flood isn’t cheap. Omaha Public Works spokesman Marty Grate says the city has spent more $10-million fighting the Missouri River. Grate says the city did receive $3-million from its insurance company and that is helping with cash flow. He is hopeful that much of the cost to fight the flood will be reimbursed by state and federal aid.
Grate says not only is Omaha battling the flooded Missouri River but Mother Nature has not been kind. Last Thursday back-to-back storms flooded streets and caused many other problems when hail pummeled the area. Monday morning brought another storm that dumped 4 to 7 inches of rain on an over saturated area. Five of Omaha’s pumping stations were disabled after that storm. One is back on line. One should be operational in a few days. The remaining three could be out of service for weeks.