That recent stench in parts of downtown Omaha is what you think it is.
At a press conference Thursday, Omaha city officials said the smell permeating downtown is stagnant combined sewer water from Missouri River flooding. The smell tends to gets worse as the humidity and temperatures rise.
During the College World Series, frequent rainfalls helped flush some of the water away and kept baseball fans from seeking noseplugs.
Marty Grate of the city’s Public Works Department doesn't mind a bit of stink in the air if dry conditions continue and keep flooding to a minimum.
"I'd rather tolderate a little bit of odor ... ," he said, "than welcome back more rain."