Slowly, Omaha is returning back to normal after battling the flooded Missouri River for months. Mayor Jim Suttle says the battle has been costly but worth the effort. Without leasing those extra pumps and through the efforts of volunteer sandbaggers, there would have been huge economic losses to the city and to individuals as thousands of people would have been forced from their jobs.
As the water continues to drop, Omaha’s floodgates will reopen later this week. Those gates move up and down to block the sewer line to prevent river water from backing into sewers.
Mayor Suttle says renting those 95 pumps that kept flood water out of the city was money well spent. The pumps will be turned off and sent back to the lease companies. Suttle says they will not be able to access all the damage to levees, the sewer system parks and property until mid to late October.
Omaha has spent $10-million to battle the flood. The Missouri River is expected to dip below the 29-foot flood state later this week.