It took more than 25-million dollars to keep Eppley Airfield open during the Missouri River Flood of 2011 but not all of the bills have been paid.
Tuesday morning the airport authority approved two more projects to restore banks and levees back to their pre-flood condition.
The Omaha Airport Authority spent millions of dollars in the summer of 2011 keeping the airport open but the costs associated with that flood continue to grow. Tuesday morning the board approved two projects; restore both the levee and riverbank to pre-flood conditions.
Cost of projects;
The rip rap removal will cost $20,266
Riverbank restoration will cost $53,200.
During the summer of 2011 all resources and effort went to keep Eppley open and keep the commerce coming in; now it's time to remove the last of the defense against the high water because if left in place it could compromise the integrity of the levee.
David Roth says, "With the excessive weight of the rip rap we want to make sure we get that off as soon as we can. Also, with the turbulence of the river around that rip rap that was not analyzed in great detail last year."
The airport board also approved rebuilding the riverbank directly to the southeast of Eppley Airfield.
David Roth says, "What we want to do now, for the safety and security of the airport, we want to go in and put that bank back into place so we can keep that separation between the river and the pond."
Another project approved by the board today would replace a last section of runway and bring that up to federal standards. That bid will be let next year.