May 02, 2021 12:02 PM

Nebraska gets $50M for dam destroyed during 2019 floods

Posted May 02, 2021 12:02 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials are giving Nebraska more than $50 million to work on a Niobrara River dam that collapsed during the disastrous March 2019 flooding, killing a man who lived just below it.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the award Friday.

The money is intended to cover 75% of the cost of the project, with the rest coming from state and local sources.

The 93-year-old Spencer Dam was overwhelmed in a surge of ice boulders, with some chunks measured up to 2 feet thick and 20 feet long.

The storm also caused other major damage across Nebraska.