Nov 25, 2019 12:29 AM

Long-term fix found for western Nebraska, Wyoming irrigation tunnel

Posted Nov 25, 2019 12:29 AM

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Local officials say they’ve found a long-term fix for a tunnel failure that left a large area of Wyoming and Nebraska farmland without irrigation water.


Goshen Irrigation District officials say crews will stabilize the irrigation tunnel with ribbing supports and grouting. Additional grouting will then harden and stabilize the outside of the of the tunnel.


The collapse of the century-old tunnel in July imperiled crops including corn and sugar beets in a 150-square-mile (390-square-kilometer) area.


The Casper Star-Tribune reports a temporary fix took six weeks and cost $4 million.


The Goshen Irrigation District in Wyoming and Gering-Ft. Laramie Irrigation District in Nebraska will share the estimated $6 million cost of a long-term fix, though irrigation officials warn costs could reach $15 million.

Previous estimates ranged as high as $60 million.

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Nov 25, 2019 12:29 AM
Western NE Sheriff: Remains are those of 2 missing Wisconsin brothers

KINGSTON, Mo. (AP) — Northwest Missouri authorities say human remains found in Missouri and Nebraska are those of two missing brothers from Wisconsin.


Caldwell County Sheriff Jerry Galloway announced in a news release Friday that remains found Monday in a livestock trailer in Lincoln County, Nebraska, are those of 24-year-old Justin Diemel, and remains recovered from a farm in Caldwell County, Missouri, are those of 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel. The brothers, from Shawano County, Wisconsin, were reported missing July 21.


Galloway said dental remains were used to confirm the identifications.


Garland Nelson, of Braymer, Missouri, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in the brothers’ deaths.


Court records say the brothers’ father, Jack Diemel, said his two sons were at Nelson’s farm to collect a $250,000 debt when they went missing.