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Corps of Engineers awards $2.8 million contract for levee breach repairs

Posted: 2:31 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 15:31:47-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $2.8 million contract to a Pennsylvania company to work on a levee in southwestern Iowa.

Flooding damaged the levee near Percival and Hamburg in Iowa earlier this year. Crews closed a breach in mid-June and are nearly finished with the other one.

Weston Solutions, Inc. will now work on the next step, which is to raise the levee elevations another two to four and half feet, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers news release.

The repair work aims to enhance the strength of the levee during flooding and prevent future breaches.

This year's floods damaged more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers and tributaries.

The Corps of Engineers says due to the magnitude of damage to the levees, repairs will take an extended period of time to carry out.