Wood River Project

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It has been nearly four decades in the making but Grand Island area officials can celebrate now with completion of the $15 million Wood River Flood Control Project.

Study, design and construction began 37 years ago following a devastation flood in 1967.

A dedication ceremony Thursday marked completion of the project that protects some $56 million worth of property, including nearly 2,000 homes, businesses and the Stuhr Museum.

Project manager Ed Haffke says the seven-mile, man-made diversion channel will save those in the floodplain area more than $317,000 in insurance costs. That savings will come from a new floodplain map that is awaiting approval.