Gorman-Rupp pumps help Nebraska City fight back against record flood
June 24, 2011

Nebraska City is fighting the highest flood stage ever recorded along the Missouri River, and as the water forces mandatory evacuations on the Iowa side of the river, Nebraska City is staying put. The floods have forced the city to shut down some of its raw water wells, but an emergency installation of Gorman-Rupp pumps to provide raw water to an emergency treatment system is designed to help ensure continued water service no matter how long the floods persist. A Gorman-Rupp self-priming Super T Series pump is drawing the water from the river -- 12 feet below and about 100 feet away all the way to dry land before pushing it out to emergency packaged-treatment units, based on a design by engineers Justin Stine and Kevin Sasse of JEO Consulting Group. We started the pump on Wednesday and it went into immediate service.

Gorman-Rupp was able to deliver pumps to Nebraska City on a rush basis, and thanks to the foresight of the engineers and city utility authorities on-site, the entire system is prepared to help Nebraska City weather the worst. For a perspective on just how bad the situation is, our return trip involved crossing the swollen Missouri river and taking a 20-mile Interstate detour:

By the way, the pump startup was the top story on the news in nearby Lincoln that day.

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