Officials crossing fingers against Platte River ice jam

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Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:36 pm, Tue Aug 5, 2014.

WASHINGTON — It's been more than two decades since a mile-long ice jam on the Platte River swamped Interstate 80, flooded U.S. Highway 6 and nearly cut off Lincoln's entire water supply.

In 2000, Congress authorized levee improvements to guard against a repeat of the disaster, but that project still is not complete and the cost has risen to the point where it will remain stalled — barring further action from Capitol Hill.

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