Council Bluffs still at “Alert level 1” status


August 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the City of Council Bluffs say the city remains at a “Alert level 1,” with regard to flooding on the Missouri River. In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the August release schedule for Gavins Point Dam will be delayed three days. The current release from Gavins Point Dam is 150,000 cfs and is scheduled to be reduced by 5,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) daily, starting on August 18th, and until a 90,000 cfs release rate is achieved.

Bluff’s officials say an individual was ticketed yesterday (Tuesday), for attempting to drive a vehicle on the levee north of the Narrows Park. The city reminds residents that the Missouri River, Indian Creek and Mosquito Creek levees are restricted to authorized personnel only. Authorities meanwhile continue vigilant efforts at monitoring and assessing the conditions of levees in the area. 

According to the USGS, as of 6-a.m today, the Missouri River was at 34.20 feet . That’s down slightly from yesterday at the same time. The current flow is at 169,000 cfs. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forecasts indicate the Missouri River will slowly recede through period ending August 23, 2011 to 33.5 feet. 

Council Bluffs Public Works employees are working on bid packets for two sanitary sewer collapses at North 27th Street/Avenue E and South 23rd Street/6th Avenue. During the next several days Public Works crews will be cleaning tree debris from storm water catch basins throughout the community.