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Granite Falls, Minn., hoping to move lift station

GRANITE FALLS -- City Council members in Granite Falls are watching the debate in the state Capitol over the bonding bill in hopes that flood mitigation monies are made available.

Council members this week authorized a feasibility study for moving a wastewater treatment plant lift station on Minnesota Avenue, according to City Manager Bill Lavin.

Council members are hoping that the bonding bill will include flood mitigation funds for the city.

The funds would be applied to a project to move the lift station. The project has an estimated cost of $1.2 million.

The lift station was the site for large sandbagging operations during the floods of 1997 and 2001. It is located in the floodplain along the Minnesota River.

If it were flooded, hundreds of homes on the city's west side would have sewage back up.

The city has built a wall that provides some flood protection to the lift station, but it remains vulnerable. The city is unable to access the station with vehicles or equipment during flood conditions.

Tom Cherveny

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

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