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CWS Rumors "Not True"

One rumor concerns the College World Series.

The rising river seems to spur rumor and innuendo.

Everyone seems to have heard something.

"I had a son call me today and tell me he heard Gavens Point Dam had ruptured," Dean Walker of Council Bluffs said.

Susan Huerta said she saw this information on another television station.

"The bridge had collapsed on I-680 on the north bound side," she said.

Neither is true and now there's another one making the rounds.

Flood waters will wash out the College World Series forcing a change of venue.

We're told it's not true.

MECA and CWS Inc tell Channel 6 News the city assures them there is no threat to TD Ameritrade Stadium or Qwest Center Omaha during the College World Series.

Even if there were a breech in a levee north of the campus, water would have to move nearly a mile out of its banks to threaten the stadium.

We are being told there is concern in parking lots and stadiums around the Qwest Center especially if there is heavy rain and the river is filled to capacity.

In that event, water will be pumped out of the parking lots, so fans might see a few of those pumps sitting around.

But the city is not making plans to move the College World Series and it is not moving back to Rosenblatt Stadium...period.

Catherine Morrissey of College World Series, Inc. said there are far too many logistical issues even if such a move were considered.

Transferring tickets and relocating vendors alone would be a logistical nightmare and the ball park is far from being in operating condition.

And most important of all, the old stadium on the hill doesn't even belong to the city any more.

"The College World Series is staying right where its at and it's scheduled to go on as planned," Aida Amoura, Mayor Jim Suttle's Director of Communication said. "There's no changing it. There's no moving it. It's exactly where it's supposed to be.

"The rumors are not true."

Dean Walker and Susan Huerta are very concerned about flood issues. They want information that is factual.

"Hopefully everyone that is reporting what's going on knows what they are talking about," Walker said.

"The correct information would help a lot," Huerta said.

We also learned today that city crews will continue to increase the levee around the city's water plant.

That will bring it in line with the rest of the 13 mile levee that protects Omaha from the Missouri River.

The levees are being constantly monitored and there is no evidence of problems at this point.


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