The Nebraska National Guard plans to rebuild its Camp Ashland training site by fortifying its buildings and raising them on stilts after recent flooding caused extensive damage to the facility.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Guard is pursuing a more than $62 million project to protect the over 1,000-acre facility on the Platte River from future flooding.
The camp has been working to repair damage from floodwaters that filled classrooms and barracks after the river knocked down a levee in March. The plans call for putting seven new buildings on stilt pilings at least 7 feet (2 meters) off the ground. The Guard also wants to extend a concrete bulkhead that runs inside the river’s levee.
Officials requested funding from the National Guard Bureau in Virginia. The money would come from federal tax dollars, if approved.
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