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Nebraska Silver Jackets

The Nebraska Silver Jackets Program provides a formal and consistent strategy for an interagency approach to planning and implementing measures to reduce the risks associated with flooding and other natural hazards in the State of Nebraska.

Team Activities

Wood River Watershed Study

The purpose of this Study was to develop the 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) frequency flow data for the communities of Kearney, Gibbon, Shelton, Wood River, Alda and Grand Island.

HEC-HMS was used to estimate hydrographs for eight flow locations in the area of interest. A HEC-RAS (2D) model was used to route flows through areas of low relief terrain that featured complex flow patterns. Results and modeling will be shared with State and local partners to support ongoing flood risk reduction efforts.

Download the Wood River Watershed Study report.

Lower Platte River Flow Frequency Update

This report is an update to the Lower Platte Flood Frequency Update completed by USACE in 2018. That study utilized data from 1942-2016, which was the most recent data available from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), to compute a mixed population flood flow frequency based on frequency analysis for the rainfall and snowmelt seasons. Since completion of that study, three more years of annual peak flow data have been observed including a flood of record in 2019. This update utilizes the same methodology and techniques as the 2018 study but includes longer periods of record.

Download the Lower Platte Flood Frequency Update report.

Flood Workshop #3

The Nebraska Silver Jacket team held the final of three flood workshops on October 27, 2020 (virtually). The intent of the workshop was to update the public on ongoing activities and resources available through several of our federal and state partners. USACE provided an update on the Corps Water Management System (CWMS) and ongoing modeling efforts within the Omaha District. USACE also provided information on the newly released EC1110-2-6075 as it pertains to flood inundation mapping and availability to the public.  NeDNR provided an update on ongoing floodplain mapping efforts in the State. NEMA provided and update on the draft State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Finally, FEMA provided an update on the BRIC program and the current grant deadlines.

Download the October 2020 workshop presentations.

Flood Workshop #2

The Nebraska Silver Jackets team held the second of three flood workshops on October 28, 2019 at the offices of Central Platte NRD. After the 2019 flooding, USGS was issued a mission assignment to collect high water marks (HWM) to document the flood; a monumental task given the geographic extent of teh impacted areas. A task that was greatly assisted by the state and local communities that set high water marks immediately after the flood. The USGS was on-site to give a 1/2 day workshop on how to properly set HWM to additional state and local staff.

Download the October 2019 presentation.

Flood Workshop #1

The Nebraska Silver Jackets team held the first of three flood workshops on July 10th in conjunction with the Nefsma conference in Nebraska City. With over 65 registrants, the conference provided a forum to update participants on changing legislation (DRRA) and changing programs (FEMA BRIC) as well as provide a lessons learned from the recent March 2019 flood. A summary of the flood event is available as a story map on Nebraska Department of Natural Resources website.

Download the July 2019 workshop presentations.

Elkhorn River Flood Risk Analysis

The Elkhorn River Basin Hydrology was developed in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources for purposes of identifying flood risk and promoting informed planning and development practices and incorporation into the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program. The hydrologic analysis developed peak flow frequencies and corresponding hydrographs throughout the Elkhorn River Basin. The final hydrology report is available for download.

Elkhorn Hydrology Final Report

Nebraska's NFIP Loss Properties are Definitively Identified and Mapped

According to FEMA, the number of repetitive flood losses are increasing throughout the country and putting a stress on the National Flood Insurance Program. To address this problem, the Nebraska Silver Jackets Team asked that the USACE assist in reviewing each of the repetitive loss structures in the state and provide a Repetitive Loss Area Analyses so that the statewide hazard mitigation plan can be updated and improved.

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For More Information Contact

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Omaha District, Email, 402-995-2740

Participating Agencies

Federal

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA Region VII)
  • National Weather Service (NWS)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District (USACE)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District (USACE)
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Great Plains Region)
  • U.S. Geological Services (Nebraska Water Science Center)

State

  • Nebraska Association of Resource Districts (NARD)
  • Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR)
  • Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR)
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ)
  • Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
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