- Associated Press - Friday, March 22, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln has lifted voluntary water restrictions designed to protect the city’s wells during this month’s historic flood.

City officials announced Friday that one of the city’s largest wells is back in operation and the city is now capable of delivering 60 million gallons a day.

Mayor Chris Beutler imposed mandatory water restrictions on Sunday after the city’s water production facilities along the Platte River suffered major flood damage. The mandatory restrictions were made voluntary on Wednesday as conditions at the facilities improved.

Officials say the flood caused an estimated $15 million to $17 million in damage to the city’s water systems. Those repairs are eligible for partial reimbursement from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

City crews are still working to clean, inspect and repair the wellfield.

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