Corps Releases List of Levee Repair Projects for 2011/2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its current list of intermediate and long-term levee repairs for the Missouri River Basin.
This year’s historic floods caused extensive and widespread damages to levees throughout the Greater Mississippi and Missouri River basins.
Speaking to members of the Missouri River Flood Task Force in Overland Park, Kan., senior Corps officials said repairing flood control works that offer the optimum life, public safety and critical infrastructure risk reduction for the 2012 runoff season will have highest priority.
“The reality is that not all damages can be repaired this year because of funding and time limitations,” said Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon, Commander of the Corps Northwestern Division office. “We will be dealing with the impacts of this flood for years to come,” he said, acknowledging there will be continual challenges in operating amidst the uncertainties of funding and weather.
Beth Freeman, Federal Emergency Management Agency Director, Region 7, agreed, adding, “We need to brace ourselves for the coming spring.” FEMA recently received its appropriations, she said.
McMahon said the repairs list will continue to evolve with further scrutiny and damage assessment. The levee repair list reflects three categories of repairs and the Corps’ current estimates of available funding for each:
1) those repairs that have received all, or a portion of, needed funding and are underway ($68,270,000);
2) those approved for repair, but awaiting funding ($133,295,000); and
3) those that pose a lower risk to life safety and not scheduled to be repaired at this time ($121,314,000).
The Missouri River Flood Task Force, whose members include representatives from numerous federal, state and tribal organizations, was formed earlier this year to address repair and restoration activities, along with comprehensive flood risk reduction measures throughout the Missouri River Basin.
The levee repair list is posted at the task force Web site: http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/mrftf
Federal projects in this area included in the 2011 Listing of Missouri River Levee Rehabilitation Projects follow (with several large projects broken into phases Phase 1: reducing life safety risk up to a 25 year level of flood risk reduction; and Phase 2: achieving pre-flood restoration):
MR Levee Unit L 575 (Phase 1) river miles 573.6 to 543.7 in Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa described as Percival/Hamburg/South, with a contract awarded on Oct. 25 and an estimated construction duration of four months.
MR Levee Unit R 573, RM 557, Nebraska, four months.
MR Levee Unit L 550 (Phase 1) RM 543.5 to 522.2, Missouri, Rock Port, with contract awarded on Oct. 25 and an estimated four month construction.
MR Levee Unit L 536 (Phase 1) RM 522.2 to 515.7, Missouri, Rock Port, four months.
Due to limited national funding, the national priority is to repair the flood control works tat will provide the most life, public safety and critical infrastructure risk reduction during the 2012 runoff season. Given that, the highest priority projects listed below reduce the life safety risk while providing up to a 25 year level of flood risk protection. All of the projects listed above, with the exception of MR Levee Unit R 573 are funded.
Lower life safety risk projects identified in this area are as follows:
MR Levee Unit L 575 (Phase 2), Percival/Hamburg/South, six months estimated construction duration.
Ditch 6, Hamburg, Iowa, RM 552, four months.
MR Levee Unit R 562, RM 548.9 to 541.5, Peru, four months.
MR Levee Unit L 550 (Phase 2), RM 543.5-522.2, Rock Port, six months.
MR Levee Unit R 548, RM 534.4-528.3, Brownville, four months.
MR Levee Unit L 536 (Phase 2), RM 522.2-515.7, Rock Port, four months.
MR Levee Unit R 520, RM 505.5-501, Rulo, two months.