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Published August 16, 2009, 12:00 AM

Oakport sets dike meeting

The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District’s board of managers will host a special public meeting Monday in Oakport Township to update property owners on the status of a flood-control project, part of which is targeted for completion by next spring.

By: Mike Nowatzki, INFORUM

The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District’s board of managers will host a special public meeting Monday in Oakport Township to update property owners on the status of a flood-control project, part of which is targeted for completion by next spring.

Project engineers will be present to meet with 16 to 20 landowners along 70th Avenue Northwest who have been asked to provide easements needed to raise the road, said Greg Anderson, township chairman.

The road must be raised 5 to 7 feet to protect to a flood level 4 feet higher than the peak last spring, he said.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Oakport Town Hall at 1401 28th Ave. N. in Moorhead.

The flood project is estimated to cost $18 million and will protect 750 acres when completed.

Monday’s meeting also will include an update on buyouts of flood-prone homes. Anderson said 20 to 30 homes have been bought already, and another 24 properties have been offered buyouts based on changes to the project.

Officials plan to award bids for two phases of the project on Monday to Riley Bros. Construction Inc. so work may begin, he said.

“It’s our goal to provide as much flood protection as possible by next spring to better prepare us in case we have a bad year next year,” he said.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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