HAMBURG, Iowa — The Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete work by Wednesday night on a temporary levee protecting this town from encroaching floodwaters.
The corps' announcement comes after a large breach appeared Monday in a federally constructed levee approximately five miles from Hamburg.
The breach was the fourth to occur on the targeted levee system after weeks of high water prompted by large water releases in the Missouri River from upstream dams.
Hamburg is a town of about 1,200 in the southwest corner of the state.
Workers expedited construction of the temporary dirt-and-clay barrier after the breach and plan to add an additional 3 feet of height to the barrier.
“We already have substantial flood-risk reduction measures in place, and we are working expeditiously with the National Guard to add an extra barrier to protect the town,” said Col. Robert Ruch, commander of the corps' Omaha District Office.
Ruch said authorities expect floodwaters to reach the bottom of the temporary levee.
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Tuesday video from Hamburg, shot by World-Herald videographer Kyle Benecke: