City of Pierce Levee Information


  • The levee system was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between September 1963 and May 1964
  • The levee system is approximately 2.96 miles long
  • The levee system provides flood risk reduction from flooding on the Elkhorn North Branch to the north, east and south sides of the City
  • Drainage structures through the levee system convey stormwater within the levee to the Elkhorn North Branch channel
  • During significant flood events, a closure is installed across Highway 13 at the south end of the City
  • The City is the local Sponsor of the levee responsible for operating and maintaining the levee

The levee system provides flood risk reduction for critical infrastructure in Pierce, including:

  • Pierce Public Elementary School
  • County Courthouse
  • Police Department
  • Fire Department
  • City Offices
  • Master Lift Station
  • City Park
  • County Fairgrounds
  • Zion Lutheran Church
  • Zion Lutheran School

Learn more about the History of the Levee by viewing the “Special Report (May 1, 1962) Summary of Flooding Conditions Confronting Pierce, Nebraska

System Wide Improvement Framework Summary
In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the City is working to ensure continued compliance with Corps of Engineers Standards through a levee System Wide Improvement Framework.
download_icon    Download SWIF Summary
download_icon    Download Levee Map

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