Flood Experts Note ‘Alarmingly’ Few Dams in Omaha Metro

Omaha, NE.—Heavy rains find the Papillion Creek, which is a large part of potential flooding for Omaha and surrounding suburbs, rising sharply the last 24 hours.

In some spots the creek has left its banks creating low level flooding and finds officials keeping an eye on the weather.

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, which manages flood control in the metro, has warned for years that historic floods that hit the area 55 years ago are not unthinkable going forward.

A flood control plan devised years ago called for 21 dams to be strategically located within the 402-square mile Papillion Creek Watershed.

But according to the NRD, “Of the 21 dams recommended by the Corps of Engineers, alarmingly only nine have been built so far.”

News Channel Nebraska’s Joe Jordan has our in-depth report.

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