Construction has begun on the final phase of a Platte River levee project near Ashland in eastern Nebraska.
President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act earlier this summer. Part of the funds from that legislation will go toward the Western Sarpy/Clear Creek Levee Project.
In 1993 a massive ice jam forced floodwaters through Lincoln's well fields near Ashland, exposing and damaging pipelines, closing Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 6 and damaging homes and buildings along the river.
After the flooding, federal and local officials devised a plan to fix the levee system on both sides of the river. The project began in 2004 and has been completed in phases as federal and local funds became available.
Once complete, the $43 million levee project will protect homes and buildings, farmland, drinking water pipelines for Lincoln and Omaha, and the Nebraska Army National Guard's training grounds at Camp Ashland.
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