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Flood project moving forward in Granite

GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls is moving forward with plans for protecting Prentice Street homes along the Minnesota River south of the former City Hall site.

At the regular meeting Monday, City Council members discussed a recent meeting with affected landowners about the project and details of the estimated $1,865,000 project, according to City Manager Bill Lavin.

The project calls for developing a six-foot-wide, earthen embankment that would accommodate an emergency floodwall that could be assembled and mechanically filled with sand.

The raised area to hold the sand-filled containers would be sloped and be 2 to 2½ feet in elevation at its high points.

The project total includes purchasing and removing five homes along the corridor. The estimated total also includes city plans to replace an aged sanitary sewer along the river at the same time.

A project consultant has identified the five homes to be acquired and moved. The homes were selected based on owner willingness to sell, their elevation in the flood plain, and their location for providing access to erect the floodwall when floodwaters threaten.

Tom Cherveny

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

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