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.