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Water restored to Wyoming, Nebraska irrigation tunnel system


Water has been restored to Wyoming and Nebraska farmers after an irrigation tunnel collapse cut off water flow last month.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Goshen Irrigation District turned water on Wednesday after new repairs to the southeast Wyoming tunnel were completed Monday.

Officials say water is expected to take four days to get to the system's end in Gering, Nebraska. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that federal crop insurance will cover some of the losses. The collapse cost the two states about $89 million.

Officials are looking into options for a permanent fix, including installing a fiberglass tube or rerouting the irrigation system.