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Flood repairs continue in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Flood recovery efforts aren't over in some parts of the city, and they likely won't be finished until 2010. But even with the delay, officials say the repairs will make this city's reservoir better and more user friendly.

Work continues at reservoir
Contractors work on the site for the new concession building Tuesday at Pelican Point Landing at Jamestown Reservoir. Work continues at the reservoir more than seven months after water levels peaked. Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Flood recovery efforts aren't over in some parts of the city, and they likely won't be finished until 2010. But even with the delay, officials say the repairs will make this city's reservoir better and more user friendly.

Construction workers poured concrete at the Lakeside Marina site at the Jamestown Reservoir on Tuesday. The hourlong project was conducted almost seven months after water spilled into the Jamestown Reservoir's

"glory hole" spillway last April.

The high waters damaged parts of the reservoir, located in northeast Jamestown, flooding paths, bridges and boat ramps. Cabin owners were forced to sandbag around their homes.

The repairs were likely to halt by Wednesday, said Denny Lorenz, Stutsman County parks superintendent. But the work will continue when the weather warms next spring.

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But even with a mild fall, the county had too much work to finish before freeze-up, officials said.

"We just ran way out of time," Lorenz said.

The renovations don't come without a price.

Stutsman County is spending $200,000 on the projects in addition to a $200,000 match from the Bureau of Reclamation, Johnson said. The federal bureau owns the Jamestown Reservoir.

Ryan is a reporter for the Jamestown Sun, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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