We can help you with portable dams, which work much better and faster than sandbag levees, and with sluice gates and other gates for floodwater control. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has posted maps projecting the expected range of inundation along the Missouri River due to the record-smashing release rates of water from upstream dams. The effects in some communities will be nothing less than catastrophic -- the maps illustrating inundation from Plattsmouth, Nebraska, to Hamburg, Iowa show sections where Interstate 29 will be under ten feet of water or more, and where water will stretch miles inland all the way to the Loess Hills. The levee system protecting Council Bluffs will be severely strained. Pacific Junction will likely be under 8 feet of water, and MidAmerican Energy is scrambling to shore up flood defenses around its power plants south of Sioux City and south of Council Bluffs.
We are helping several communities right now with emergency pumps on rush shipments. We have a range of submersible pumps and engine-driven trash pumps available for rush shipment to those communities needing them. Call us at 515-223-4144 for assistance.
Branstad calls projected Missouri River flooding "the worst situation" he can remember
June 7, 2011
We exhibited today at the annual Iowa WEA convention in Coralville. Much of the attention on the floor was devoted to the record-shattering floods in western Iowa and their effects on wastewater treatment plants, but as usual the exciting developments from our manufacturers -- like advances in membrane technology from SSI and pumping technology from Gorman-Rupp -- caught plenty of notice as well.
The levee in southern Iowa in Fremont County between Hamburg and Nebraska City is now 18 inches from being overtopped, according to a report in the Des Moines Register. That levee is in the same region as Iowa/Nebraska Highway 2, which has been closed between the two states since it is already covered with water on the Iowa side. People living on the Iowa side have been ordered to evacuate as a result of the increased threat of overtopping.
We are prioritizing requests for assistance in connection with the flooding above other projects at the moment, and appreciate the understanding of our customers who may have to wait a little longer than usual for responses to their needs. As usual, however, we are attempting to serve everyone promptly and courteously.
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:
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: