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Two additional dams, property buyouts and a flood wall along some creek-side trails are among the projects under consideration for reducing the flood threat in the Omaha metro area.

Another step is being taken in a three-year study of potential flood-reduction measures in the Omaha area, with a meeting scheduled for later this month.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District are conducting the study, and will host the public meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The meeting will be in Mammel Hall, Room 113, 6708 Pine St.

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Tiffany Vanosdall, the project manager for the corps, said the meeting will be to update the public on which options the agencies plan to study in depth and which routes they’ve decided not to pursue.

Among the measures under consideration are two dams, one on Thomas Creek and the other on the South Papillion Creek; levee improvements on the Big Papillion, Little Papillion and West Papillion Creeks; and channel modifications on the Big Papillion, Little Papillion, West Papillion and South Papillion Creeks.

Also under consideration are nonstructural solutions, which include flood-proofing a building, elevating it or relocating it, buyouts and flood warning systems.

The area being studied is the Papillion Creek watershed in Sarpy, Douglas and Washington Counties. The next step will be to study the options and come back with recommendations, likely by the end of the year.

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Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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