Lake Waconda - Missouri River RB (NF)
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Location City, County, and State of the levee system. Determined by the levee alignment location not the leveed area.
Cass County, Nebraska
System ID Unique identifier code for the levee system using 10 or 12 numbers in length.
Operation and Maintenance Organization Entity responsible for day-to-day management of the levee.
Cass County SID#1, Lake Waconda
Emergency Management Agency Entity who supports immediate and local response to flood and other emergencies.
No Data
Floodplain Management Entities responsible for regulating activities that occur in areas prone to flooding.
FEMA Region 7
Oversight Organization Entity responsible for oversight of the levee and ensuring it is maintained.
No Data
Last Assesment Date Last Risk Assessment or Formal Inspection.
Data Last Updated Date any of this information for the system has been updated.
Levee Length Combine length of all the levee system features including the embankments, floodwalls, closures where they exist for this system.
Levee Length Graphic 2.529 Miles
Average Levee Height The average height of the levee system. The levee profile viewer on the mapping window will show the actual levee height values for the length of the levee if available.
Levee Height Graphic 8 Feet
Year Levee Constructed Year levee system was fully completed as a flood reduction project.
Timeline Graphic No Data
Summary General text description of the levee system with a summary of why the levee is there, and the benefits it provides.
The Lake Waconda - Missouri River RB (NF) Segment is a single segment levee system located on the right bank of the Missouri River in Cass County, Nebraska. The Non-Federal levee segment is approximately 2.46 miles long, has a crown width of 10 feet, 2.5 to 3 Horizontal : 1 Vertical (2.5 to 3H:1V) side slopes and an average height of 12 feet. The north and south ends of the levee tie into high ground. The Cass County Sanitary Improvement District No. 1 is the Non-Federal Levee Sponsor for this levee segment. There is one drainage structure consisting of a steel pipe with a gate valve and riser located on the riverside of the levee near Levee Station 3+00. This drainage structure does not collect interior drainage and discharge it. All interior drainage flows into Lake Waconda. The drainage structure is used to pump water when necessary from the lake to the Missouri River. Construction of the levee occurred between 1984 and 1985 by a private developer for the sole purpose of providing a lakeside residential development. The levee was raised by Cass County Sanitary Improvement District No. 1 in 2010 for FEMA Certification providing a levee height equal to a 100-yr flood event plus 3 feet of freeboard. Maximum levee raise was 1.8 feet, with an average less than 1-foot. Several seepage berms were added to the project in 2011 due to seepage issues noted during the 2011 Missouri River Flood.
Performance & Condition General text description of the historical and anticipated performance of the levee, the people and property benefitting from the levee and who may be at risk of flooding, and actions to address areas of concern.
PLEASE NOTE: The following Risk Characterization is a description of risk associated with this levee system. It is currently undergoing review and may be updated in the future. The LSOG considers the risk associated with the Lake Waconda - Missouri River RB (NF) (LST ID#2739) to be Moderate for Prior to Overtopping and Low for Overtopping. The levee has been loaded to approximately 50% of the levee height resulting in numerous sand boils that required flood fighting. The system is not expected to perform well under significant loading and it is highly likely that embankment seepage will lead to failure prior to overtopping. The foundation soils in this area consist of intermixed layers of sand, silty sand, silt and lean clay and there have been identified seepage issues during recent flood events. There is high level of community awareness and a slow rate of rise of the Missouri River. The ability to forecast the overtopping event would allow the community time to evacuate prior to overtopping reducing the likelihood of life loss. However, there is an uncertainty related to the evacuation effectiveness due to the lack of an Emergency Action Plan that includes evacuation routes or flood warning notification system.
Flooding Hazard
Historic Loading by Percentage of Height
Info Bubble Representative loading associated with historical flood information as a percentage of the levee height or overtopping.
Loading by Percentage of Heigth Graphic Background 0 Occurrences 0 Occurrences 1 Occurrences 4 Occurrences
Behind this Levee Consequence information derived by the intersection or the Leveed Area with select National Datasets listed in this section.
Building Icon 206 Buildings
Source: USACE National Structure Inventory 2023
Population Icon 540 People
Source: USACE National Structure Inventory 2023
Financial Icon $50 Million in Property Value
Source: USACE National Structure Inventory 2023
Farmland Icon 107 Acres of Farmland
Source: USDA Cropland Data Layer 2022
Agriculture Breakdown (Acres)
Corn - 81
Soybeans - 25
Winter Wheat - 2
Other Hay/Non Alfalfa - 1
Alfalfa - 1
Endangered Icon No Endangered Species Living Behind This Levee
Source: USFWS Threatened & Endangered Species 2023
Endangered Species Breakdown
No Endangered Species Living Behind This Levee
Critical Structures Icon No Critical Structures Behind This Levee
Source: DHS Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) Open 2023
Critical Structure Breakdown
No Critical Structures Behind This Levee
Globe Icon 1 Communities
Source: FEMA Communities Layer 2020
Communities Breakdown
Cass County, NE
Globe Icon No Federally Recognized Tribes Behind This Levee
Source: BIA Land Areas of Federally Recognized Tribes 2022
Federally Recognized Tribes Breakdown
No Federally Recognized Tribes Behind This Levee