Gravel shoved into place provides temporary patch to levee protecting Valley (copy)

Previously, the levee protecting Valley had temporarily been patched with gravel.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday completed the temporary repairs to the levee protecting Valley, a day early.

Repair work on the Union Dike started Monday and fix a 500-foot breach caused by flooding on the Platte River.

Flooding has significantly damaged more than 350 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte, and Elkhorn Rivers and their tributaries, according to the Omaha District of the Corps. This includes 54 confirmed full or partial breaches and issues related to water flowing over the top of a levee.

The risk of flooding remains due to the potential for above-normal spring rains and the ongoing weaknesses in the levee system.

The Corps has said it will take an extended period of time to repair the system.

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Floods devastate Nebraska, Iowa in March 2019

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After drenching rains Tuesday and heavy snow on Wednesday, Gibbon’s low spots became apparent, first as water filled streets to the curb, and later on Thursday and Friday as the water spilled into lawns and driveways before lapping at foundations. “I’ve never seen so much water, or the force and damage it can do in a short time,” firefighter Jamey Rome said.

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Thirty buildings, including the 55th Wing headquarters and the two major aircraft maintenance facilities, had been flooded with up to 8 feet of water, and 30 more structures damaged. About 3,000 feet of the base’s 11,700-foot runway was submerged. No one, though, had been injured.

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An official with the state office of the Farm Services Agency said Monday that because of earlier livestock losses from below-zero temperatures and wet animals, the agency has asked the federal government to add another 30 days to the period in which livestock deaths can be covered by federal aid.

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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