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Flood protection project continues along Minnesota River

A crew with Thein Moving of Clara City moves a home Tuesday acquired through the flood mitigation program in?Granite Falls. The home is one of six removed from Prentice Street. It was transported along state Highway 23 to a location near Cottonwood. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

GRANITE FALLS -- Water levels on the Minnesota River continue to run high and so does interest in flood protection by residents living along it.

The city of Granite Falls has nearly completed its removal of six homes on Prentice Street along the river. It expects to award bids next month on an estimated $250,000 project to develop a 1,600-foot-long earthen platform between the remaining 14 homes and the river, according to City Manager Bill Lavin.

After being acquired by the city, two of the six homes were sold to new owners and are being moved.

A crew with Thein Moving of Clara City moved one of those homes Tuesday. It was transported on state Highway 23 to a location near Cottonwood.

Thein workers moved the other home a few weeks ago to a location in Renville.

Lavin said three of the other four homes acquired for the project have been razed. The city is likely to raze the fourth home, as it did not receive bids for its purchase.

Once bids are let, the earthen platform will be constructed along the river. The platform will stand no more than 2 to 2½ feet high, and serve as the foundation for the placement of Hesco barriers during flood events.

The six homes were removed so that heavy equipment can reach the area and flood protection barriers can be installed, Lavin said.

A number of garages and utility sheds were also either razed or removed as part of the project.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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