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City partners with army corps to reduce damage from river flooding

The city has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Corps of Engineers to evaluate and protect against Platte River flooding in the Gothenburg area through a comprehensive plan.

During a special meeting on Sept. 27, the Gothenburg City Council and other city officials discussed flood issues with representatives from the corps, according to city clerk Connie Dalrymple.

Dalrymple said the group discussed water in the north channel of the Platte River and its effects on property downstream, economic damages with the current flood plain, how to reduce the flood plain and the cost of projects to reduce or prevent damage.

Council members agreed to pay the corps about $4,200 to assemble and review information and develop a detailed scope of work and estimates for future work, she said.

A second phase of the plan, Dalrymple said, would be to have engineers evaluate potential flood risk management alternatives and economic analysis and recommend the most cost-effective plan.

She said it was important to commit to the agreement now to receive federal funding.

Officials said initial work should be completed at the year’s end.

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