Price for temporary repairs to levees hits $123M and is still climbing

first_imgOMAHA — The cost to make temporary repairs to levees impacted by spring flooding along the Missouri River continues to rise.John Leighow, chief of readiness and contingency operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Northwestern District, says recent dry weather has allowed their teams access to more levees for assessment.“Additional damages are being identified as the water continues to drop and our field engineers are attempting to accurately assess the scope of damages to approximately 150 miles of damaged levees,” Leighow says.He adds, the amount of money that’s been spent to temporarily fix damaged levees is growing.“Currently, the cost of these efforts is around $123 million and it’s climbing,” Leighow says. “That’s $3 million more than what we had last week. As of now, we are not anticipating any budget constraints regarding recovery efforts.”Even though funding is currently available, Leighow says there may soon be more competing claims for the money.“We are now approaching the peak of hurricane season right around the end of August into Labor Day — early September timeline,” Leighow says. “The peak of hurricane season will compete for the same resources that we need for our recovery efforts.”Releases from Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota remain at 70,000 cubic feet per second — nearly double the average release for this time of year.Missouri River Basin Water Management Division Chief John Remus says adjustments in releases are now tied to precipitation with mountain snowpack mostly gone.“The snowpack is all melted,” Remus says. “We haven’t necessarily seen all of it in the reservoir yet, but the main driver (of conditions) from here on out would be precipitation.”To date, nine of the 51 damaged levees in the Omaha District have been temporarily repaired. Corps officials say it could be next spring before every breach in the system is plugged.last_img read more

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Musa magic sets up dramatic climax in Group D

first_imgLeicester fans will be begging for the Nigerian to return to the King Power after that display. Musa, who didn’t even start Nigeria’s first game, had a point to prove. I think there’s little doubt he proved it.Moment of the matchThere’s nothing quite like watching a footballer run at the kind of speed Musa did for his second goal. 5 5 Ahmed Musa illuminated the Volgograd Arena with two spectacular goals to keep Nigerian and Argentine World Cup hopes alive in Group D.The magnificent Leicester forward brought the game to life when he plucked Victor Moses’ cross out of the air and lashed a ferocious half-volley into the net. His blistering pace was too much for the Icelandic defence and he left them all for dead with a brilliant individual second.Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsoon could have ensured a tense finish but fired a late VAR-awarded penalty into the crowd, as Group D stands perfectly poised for a dramatic final day.The second-half of this one had everything but the highlight of the first-half came from the stands. Iceland’s famous Viking thunderclap could not inspire the same level of awe from the players, while Nigeria’s football failed to match the exciting standards set by that beautiful kit.The Super Eagles dominated possession; however Iceland created better goalscoring opportunities through the heavily-involved Sigurdsson.Nigerians and Argentinians roared in unison when Musa broke the deadlock at the start of the second-half.Chelsea’s Victor Moses flew down the Super Eagles’ wing, before finding the goalscorer with a cross. His first-touch was immaculate, his second was emphatic on the half-volley.Unencumbered by the prospect of an early exit, Nigeria began to express themselves and attacked Iceland with pace. Moses, in particular, enjoyed acres of space on the right and grew into the talismanic figure many expect him to be for his country. His country needed a hero, and Musa sprinted to the rescue in some style.How does Group D look? 5 Iceland’s desperate chasing of the game only left them vulnerable at the back and, in truth, a Nigerian second was always more likely than a leveller. Leon Balogun should’ve provided it with a free header in the 73rd minute before the majestic Musa hit the bar from distance a minute later.But the Leicester misfit, who spent last season on-loan at CSKA Moscow, would not be denied. Iceland simply couldn’t catch him as he tore into the box, took the ball round Hannes Halldorsson and scored an electrifying individual goal with 15 minutes left.Referee Matthew Conger failed to spot Tyronne Ebuehi’s clear trip on Alfred Finnbogason in the 81st minute, but he corrected his decision with the help of video replays. Sigurdsson tried to be too clever, though, and made a horrible mess of the spot-kick.Nigeria will meet Argentina on the final day, while Iceland play the already-qualified Croatia. All three nations can join the Croats in the knockout stages.Lionel Messi’s Albiceleste and the Icelanders must get three points to stand a chance, while a draw would be enough for the Super Eagles if Iceland fail to win.The pot is well and truly bubbling in Group D.Star manWho else?center_img 5 Musa brought the Volgograd Arena to life Musa was sensational Musa rounds the Icelandic keeper for his second 5 Nigeria came out of their shell in the second-half last_img read more

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