- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District officials say the federal government won’t help pay for levee repairs around Offutt Air Force Base.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1NUXhSk ) that the district voted 10-0 last week to approve a $15 million application for the levee project from the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission’s water sustainability fund.

District officials had considered submitting a smaller application if federal money came through.

If the application is approved, state money will cover 60 percent of the project’s approximately $25 million cost. The district has pledged $5 million, and the city of Bellevue, Sarpy County and the city of Omaha have each pledged up to $3 million.

The repairs are needed to recertify 19 miles of levees that protect the base and surrounding area from flooding from the Missouri River.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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