Council Bluffs raises flood-alert level
June 23, 2011

The city of Council Bluffs has raised its river-flooding alert level to start getting residents prepared for serious flooding, in case the levees protecting the town aren't able to keep up with the rising output of upstream dams as well as all of the additional precipitation that's falling all around the area. We started up two pump systems in the area yesterday -- one to keep a sewer system in operation, the other to provide raw water intake for a city that had to close three of its wells due to flooding. On the return to our offices in West Des Moines, we shot this video of the Missouri River at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, just downstream of Omaha/Council Bluffs:

The floodwaters are especially bad at Plattsmouth, which as its name suggests is at the mouth of the Platte River, which is also flooding. We are prepared to assist communities, businesses, and residents up and down the river with municipal pumps, small pumps for homes and businesses, geomembranes for protecting levees, and flood-control gates (which will mainly come into use once the flooding has subsided). Contact us with your questions and we'll be happy to help.

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