A groundbreaking & a celebration as Hamburg, Iowa levee is rebuilt; and raised
Hamburg flooded in the Missouri flood of 2019 / file photo
BY BRENT MARTIN
St. Joseph Post
Breaking ground in southwest Iowa is also one
The celebration as a dike, which was towered over two years ago, is being rebuilt. a little this time
US Army Corps of Engineers Omaha Bureau officials
Tomorrow morning I will team up with the city guides from Hamburg to lay the foundation stone
Reconstruction that will raise the levee an additional eight feet to protect Hamburg, Iowa.
Project manager Andrew Winslow says the flood on the Missouri River
from 2019 hit Hamburg hard.
“It was a terrible situation how they flooded the city
Spring 2019 right? Lots of shops, private houses, municipal facilities were there
damaged, ”Winslow tells the St. Joseph Post.
Hamburg NAPA store during the flood of 2019 / file photo
The corps is only allowed to rebuild one dike up to its receiving water
Condition. In autumn 2019 she had placed an order to rebuild the dike
that the Missouri River exceeded. City officials were not satisfied
especially Mayor Cathy Crain.
Winslow recalls talking to Crain on the pre-bid site
walk. The contract stipulated that the dike should be rebuilt to its original height
911 above mean sea level. Crain told Winslow she hadn’t given up on increasing that
Dike up to 919.
“The city was persistent,” says Winslow.
Winslow says Hamburg city officials have secured enough federal and federal agencies
State money to pay the extra eight feet, maybe that, to raise the levee
For the first time, the corps was allowed to raise a flood-damaged dike.
“And it was all based on the hard work of the city”
Winslow says Crain took the town’s case to the federal government
Officials who argued that simply rebuilding the dike were not enough.
“I’m losing business from Hamburg and I’m having problems
Businesses attract because this is like the third time in 10 years
was flooded, ”Winslow said Crain had argued with federal officials.
According to Winslow, Hamburg has received sufficient federal and state funding
increase the height of the levee by eight feet. He says the new, improved dike
will cost $ 7 million and last six months.
Hamburg in 2019 / file photo