CREATED Feb. 27, 2013
Omaha, NE - Work at NP Dodge park is in full swing. Saws blare, workers carefully tile walls of the park's new pavilion.
Pictures from the summer of 2011 are a chilling reminder of how the flood damaged one of Omaha's most popular places for recreation.
This pavilion was heavily damaged once the flood waters receded. Today, renovations on the new building are almost complete.
"A lot of the big projects that we've been working on for about a year are finally starting to finish up," Omaha Parks Director Brook Bench said.
Water stains on the old caretaker's home show just how high flood waters reached. Today KMTV Action 3 News Reporter Kandiss Crone got a tour of the brand new state-of-the-art house equipped with new hardwood floors, new cabinets, and much more.
Because of the flood, crews had to rebuild the caretaker's house, five feet above where it used to sit. Just down the way, finishing touches to the marina and the pavilion should be done just in time for spring. "The shower building or restroom building had been completely redone and we did not have that last year so that will be a big plus for the boaters this year is having that back open again," Bench said.
The next phase is to rebuild the softball complex. This week, the city council approved hiring a local design company to redo the field.
"We want to try to get the state softball tournament back in Omaha and we'll just have a state-of-the-art brand new facility that will be elevated up five feet so we should never have any flood issues again," Bench said.
The cost of the entire project is estimated at around three to four million dollars.
FEMA and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency will pay for the bulk of the improvements.