USACE Omaha District Continues to Support Communities Along the Missouri River During Severe Weather

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District continues to support communities along the Missouri River and its tributaries that have been impacted by flooding or soon might.

Over the past 24 hours, the Omaha District has distributed sandbags, dispatched nine levee surveillance teams and dispersed flood fight materials to communities in Iowa and Nebraska as requested.

“Our district is leaning forward to be as proactive as possible as we look to mitigate the potential impacts,” said Col. Robert Newbauer, Omaha District commander. “Many of the tributaries are seeing record amounts of water, so it is very challenging with levels changing very quickly.”

Personnel continue to provide technical assistance to multiple communities and the Omaha District has also assigned liaison officers to support the emergency operations centers in South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

“We’re staying connected with our local, state and tribal partners to ensure they know the latest on what we’re doing and how we can help them,” Newbauer said. “We’re grateful for everyone’s commitment to keeping communication lines open as we work through this together.”

The National Weather Service is predicting a relatively dry day across the upper Missouri River basin, but there is a slight risk for severe storms in parts of Iowa and Nebraska.

For the latest forecast, please visit www.weather.gov.

The Omaha District would like to remind everyone to be vigilant and pay close attention to the NWS’ watches, warnings and river forecasts. Dangerous river levels are forecasted through the week, so safety should be at the forefront if you plan to be out on the Missouri River or any of its tributaries.

Media interested in daily updates on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers overall flood response efforts are encouraged to join the daily Lower Missouri River Basin flood response update.

For more information, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division Public Affairs office at cenwd-pa@usace.army.mil.