- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nearly 160 containers filled with about 500,000 pounds of sand make up the newest levee near Salt Creek.

The makeshift levee is intended to keep floodwaters from pouring across South Folsom Street and into the Lincoln Industries campus, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (http://bit.ly/1TNreVL ).

The levee is only temporary. The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District plans to soon replace the sand barrier with a permanent grass-covered levee.

“There are a number of different permits that it has to go through,” district General Manager Glenn Johnson said. “But once that’s completed, we should be in a position later this summer to start construction.”

The need for the protection became clear a year ago, when rainfall bloated Salt Creek and its tributaries, flooded low-lying neighborhoods and prompted the city to issue a voluntary evacuation notice covering hundreds of homes and businesses.

The flooding also revealed Folsom Street as a new low point in the city. The street once was high enough to stop water, Johnson said, but it was lowered during a resurfacing project.

The new permanent barrier, to be known as the Middle Creek Tieback Levee, will play the same role, at a cost of about $700,000.

The city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still need to approve permits for the permanent levee. But the district didn’t want to leave the area unprotected, so it spent $102,000 building the temporary barrier. The large sand containers, however, are reusable.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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