More problems on the Mighty Mo

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Downtown Omaha, NE from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Taken June 15, 2011.

I’m back from the trip to the Missouri River. We started in South Sioux City, NE, then to Sioux City, IA on Tuesday. A quick overview is found here.

Our crew made it to Council Bluffs Tuesday night. Our drive was eery along I-29 as the closer we got to Council Bluffs, the less traffic there was on the road. The interstate was shut down at Missouri Valley.

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Looking east to Council Bluffs, Iowa. The white tarp is along a levee protecting the city. Photo taken June 15, 2011.

We did start at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge between Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA. This is a good place to see the wide the Missouri and not be in danger. You can see flooding along the Omaha side where a few back-ups of water are occurring in the parking lot of the new Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series.

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Crews rush to complete a secondary levee protecting Hamburg, Iowa. West and south of here, a levee broke Monday. Water has filled thousands of acres already. June 15, 2011.

We headed south on I-29 and got off the road at Nebraska City/Sidney exit. The 4-lane road into Nebraska City was reduced to a single lane in a couple of places as the water was on the road.

The businesses just off the interstate all had protective levees around them. That was the scene in many places south of the CoBlo/Omaha metro, lots of large machine-made levees. In Missouri Valley it was sandbags along the business district.

We made it to this lookout point in Hamburg. We could see the temporary work being done on the levee to help save the town. The major industries of town could be wiped out if this levee doesn’t hold.

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Iowa National Guard commander arriving to view operations and flood patrol's base of operations. June 15, 2011.

The Iowa National Guard is patrolling the levees up and down the River. The Iowa National Guard Major General Tim Orr arrived in Hamburg Wednesday afternoon. He was flying the entire river to see what had changed in the week.

20110615-084557.jpg The Blue Moon is still open. The owner told us she’s willing to anyone her story and the community of Hamburg’s story. To say she was upset at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an understatement.

One final note, this trip was almost 3 years to the day that Cedar River crested at Cedar Rapids. John Torpy and I were on that shoot as well. I wonder which river we’ll be on in 3 years from now.
We are working on a story for this week’s Market To Market program. Check your local listings.

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