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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and U.S. Representative Mike Flood (R-NE-01) released the following statements after President Biden signed legislation into law that will send $200,000 to Nebraska for the construction of a Ditch Pump Station near Offutt Air Force Base. When completed, the project will reportedly stop approximately 60 parcels of land from regular flooding.

“This project will better protect the local community from flooding like the catastrophic floods in 2019. It will not only reduce the risk of property damage and interruptions to normal base operations, but it will also protect over $1 billion in recent and future investments at Offutt. I will continue pushing for projects like this that support communities across our state,” said Senator Fischer.

“Offutt is critical to our country’s national security and serves as one of Nebraska’s largest employers. Getting this pump project completed will help protect the base against future floods like the ones Nebraska experienced in 2019. It was an honor to team up with Senator Fischer secure these resources, and we’ll continually be looking for new ways to support Offutt in Washington to keep the base safe and strong,” said Congressman Flood.

“Securing funding for this project is more than two decades in the making and part of the Papio NRD’s overall flood mitigation system for the Omaha metro area. Before this appropriation, there wasn’t enough local funding to start the project. This is the final piece of the puzzle for robust flood mitigation for this area and we sincerely thank Senator Fischer and Congressman Flood for their support and efforts to secure funding on our behalf,” said Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District General Manager John Winkler.

“The ongoing threat of flooding in this area has been devastating in past years.  The City of Bellevue is very appreciative for the work that Senator Fischer and Congressman Flood have done to fund the project that will keep approximately 60 acres of land from regular flooding while protecting Offutt AFB operations and protect over $1 billion in infrastructure investments at Offutt. We are thankful for the ongoing support from our federal delegates in keeping our community viable and safe,” said Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike.

Background:

This month, Congress approved a funding package that funds the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, Justice, Commerce, and Energy through this fall. 

Senator Fischer 
and Congressman Flood secured funding for numerous Nebraska priorities in the legislation, including $200,000 for the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District to construct the Offutt Ditch Pump Station. The project will collect stormwater around Offutt AFB and pump it into Missouri River.

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