The Omaha Public Works and Parks Departments have been very busy over the last few days preparing for the rising water on the Missouri River. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says they cabled and secured the docks at N-P Dodge Park and closed the facility to the public. City workers also constructed a temporary berm around the one side of the sewer treatment plant that is not protected by the levee. Steps have also been taken to secure the city’s storm water stations and tanker farm.
The Missouri River is expected to crest in Omaha Sunday morning and then water levels quickly drop. Stothert says this is nothing like the flood of 2011 that lasted 104 days. She says the levee will hold just fine and this will not impact the College World Series or Omaha’s Landing.
Omaha Public Power District is taking what they call a “very conservative” approach to the flooding and will reduce power and will shut down if necessary at the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant north of Omaha. They are also taking necessary steps to secure the plant in NebraskaCity.