LLNRD Considers North Loup Flooding Recommendations

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District (LLNRD) is considering recommendations to reduce flooding from those who live in and around the Village of North Loup or the Mira Creek Watershed.

On February 4, 2020, multiple community and Valley County representatives provided feedback on the flooding issues. Since that time, JEO Consulting Group Inc. (JEO), the organization completing the North Loup Flood Risk Reduction Study, created a flood model to illustrate the extent of flooding during varying storm events and used the model to show future conditions should projects be constructed.

To view a video on the recommendations, click here.

Based upon a draft report being provided and presented to the LLNRD Board of Directors on April 23, 2020, the community would achieve significant flood risk reduction from a combination of one large dam on the North Tributary, a berm on the south side of the channel, cleanout of the Mira Creek channel from Highway 11 and downstream approximately one mile, along with interior drainage improvements, such as ditch and culvert cleanout, and culvert replacement.

The next steps include incorporation of public feedback into the draft study and then delivery of the final document to the LLNRD in May. Should the project move forward, the LLNRD will then work with the North Loup Village Board to identify funding from local, state, and federal sources and create a schedule to proceed to into final design and construction, which would take several years.

All questions regarding the presentation and study can be directed to  Brian Kolar, LLNRD Projects Technician, at briank@llnrd.org or 308-728-3221.The purpose of the North Loup Flood Risk Reduction Study, being completed by JEO, is to gather existing data, develop and evaluate flood reduction alternatives, and make a recommendation to the LLNRD, the study’s sponsor.