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Officials hold groundbreaking ceremony at flood-ravaged Camp Ashland

Posted at 6:29 PM, Sep 25, 2020

ASHLAND, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday, one of the areas hit hard by last year’s floods took a major step toward rebuilding.

State and federal officials joined National Guard leaders for the groundbreaking on the $35 million makeover of Camp Ashland. The project will add seven new elevated buildings to replace those damaged in March of 2019. Officials say it was an easy decision to rebuild.

“The history, the training value, the amount of land...it was a very short thought process,” said Col. Shane Martin. “There is too much invested here, there's a significant amount of infrastructure into the ground. We have water, wastewater, electrical grids, all those things and we had a lot of buildings that were not damaged."

It’s part of a larger $62 million project that will reinforce and extend a levee on the Platte River.

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