- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Eastern Nebraska officials hope the federal government will chip in $10 million to help repair levees that protect an Air Force Base and the surrounding community from Missouri River flooding.

Leaders of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District recently approved a draft proposal under which the district would repair and maintain 19 miles of levee and fix ailing storm sewers.

The Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1HcdYRH ) reports that they plan to request Air Force officials $10 million in funding for the project, which is expected to cost at least $25 million. The district also is planning to apply for $10 million from a state water fund.

A district official and the Bellevue mayor are flying to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to pitch the proposal to federal officials.

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

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