Army Corps awards $12 million contract for breach repair near Hamburg, Iowa

Army Corps awards $12 million contract for breach repair near Hamburg, Iowa
Water runs over the levee near Hamburg, Iowa on March 17, 2019. (World-Herald News Service)

The Omaha District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $12 million contract for a second initial breach repair to Levee L575 along the Missouri River near Hamburg, Iowa.

The breach repair is intended to provide temporary flood protection.

The contract was awarded to Newt Marine Services of Dubuque, Iowa.

The corps said that stretch of levee has suffered extensive damage during this year’s flooding.

“The initial repairs will stop the flow of water through the levees so repairs can be made to areas behind the levee, such as (Interstate 29) and the city of Hamburg, Iowa,” said Jeremy Szynskie, project manager for the Omaha District’s system restoration team. “The repairs will also reduce the risk of flooding during normal storm events before the rest of the levees can be evaluated and repaired,” he said.

The Omaha District of the corps also has begun planning for permanent levee repairs.

Disaster centers to be closed on Sundays

Starting this weekend, all Disaster Recovery Centers in Nebraska will be closed on Sundays.

The centers offer in-person help to people in counties and tribal nations included in the Nebraska federal disaster declaration.

U.S. Small Business Administration representatives are available at the centers to help business owners and residents apply for low-interest disaster recovery loans. For questions or to apply online, visit, email or call the SBA at 800-659-2955.

To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center, visit, text DRC along with a ZIP code to 43362 or call 800-621-3362.

Financial services firm makes donation

The Nebraska offices of a financial services firm have donated $32,000 to flood relief in the state.

Employees of D.A. Davidson, together with their employer, raised the money.

The donations are being split between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. D.A. Davidson has offices in Columbus, Lincoln and Omaha.

SpartanNash donates to Salvation Army

SpartanNash and its Family Fare, Family Fresh Market, Supermercado Nuestra Familia, SunMart and No Frills stores in Nebraska and Iowa have presented a donation to the Salvation Army to help flood victims.

The donation was for $115,027.

The money was raised by customers and SpartanNash associates — with $12,000 matched by SpartanNash — through donations at the checkout lanes of 26 participating stores in Nebraska and Iowa.

“We are extremely grateful for SpartanNash’s outstanding generosity, as evidenced by both its customers who donated at the point of sale and the company’s philanthropic gesture,” said Salvation Army Western Divisional Commander Major Greg Thompson.

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