BestOfWeekend

The World-Herald creates lots of important journalism — stories, photos, video — that is both timely and compelling. But we also know our readers are busy.

Here is a convenient roundup of some of our best work from the last several days that's worth checking out.

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A 92-year-old dam that collapsed last week amid Nebraska’s epic flood had been classified by state inspectors last year as having a “significant” risk of causing damage.

Records indicate that the dam was last inspected in April 2018 and rated in “fair” condition. But the report carried an ominous warning: “deficiencies exist which could lead to dam failure during rare, extreme storm events.” NPPD officials said that the deficiencies had been addressed and that they felt the dam was safe and the collapse was due to an “unprecedented” combination of high flows from the Niobrara River mixed with massive chunks of ice.

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The Missouri River, the river city’s constant and sometimes capricious companion, peaked at 34.41 feet at Omaha on March 16, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service. That’s nearly 2 feet lower than the crest in the flood of 2011. But it’s more than 5 feet above the downtown flood stage of 29 feet.

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“We were ready to start moving dirt,” said John Winkler, general manager of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. “We were going to do it as soon as the snow melted.”

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When dining out in Omaha, a few blocks can make a difference in what you pay.

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Claims whooshed in faster than air escaping a busted tire after Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced that the city would temporarily pay for vehicle damage caused by potholes in city streets.

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Besides Styx and Larry the Cable Guy, we have plenty of examples of odd couples making it work — and not just in the entertainment world

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A new type of freeway at the overlapping segments of Interstates 80 and 29 in Council Bluffs is set to open Wednesday. 

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