In March 2019, historic flooding hit Bellevue, covering the southeastern third of Offutt Air Base, the adjacent neighborhood, and a major water treatment plant along the Papillion Creek. Since March, our city has been working to both recover and upgrade the levees. Despite not being in a floodplain, our own community, Woodland Valley, was affected and is included in that rebuilding.
Now, we’re in the process of bringing in new manufactured homes to Woodland Valley, a multi-phased project that will take place over the next couple of years. In addition to these new homes, we’re planning community-wide improvements, including the addition of a playground, mail kiosks, and a picnic area.
Our work is planned to be complete by 2023—ready for our current residents still living in their homes and any new residents moving in. And for all who move into Woodland Valley, flood insurance is not a requirement as we are not located in a floodplain.
In addition to our on-site improvements, $42 million worth of work is being done at Offutt to both repair and upgrade the levees. This work helps to reduce the flood threat both to Offutt and nearby infrastructure, including the water treatment plant and our neighborhood. According to an article from the Omaha World-Herald, “When the upgrades are complete, the levees will be 1 to 3 feet higher and 2 to 4 feet wider.”
Also reported by the Omaha World-Herald, the work by Offutt AFB to repair the levees will be completed soon. They wrote, “By the end of [December 2020], the upgrades to the levee system that protects Offutt AFB, the City of Omaha’s wastewater treatment plant and other critical infrastructure from Missouri River flooding will be substantially completed. This state-of-the-art levee system meets or exceeds all current federal levee safety and construction standards and will be able to provide flood protection to the base and the community for decades to come.”
These upgrades will benefit our community greatly, and we’re looking forward to their completion for both our city and our residents at Woodland Valley. If you have any questions about our Bellevue community, you can reach out to our team or schedule a tour here.