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Granite Falls awards its final major flood mitigation project

GRANITE FALLS — City Council members in Granite Falls awarded what they believe is the final major project in over a decade’s worth of flood mitigation work.

Council members on Monday awarded a $1,942,539 bid to Robert L. Carr Company to build a new sanitary lift station on the city’s east side.  

It will replace a lift station built along the Minnesota River that was the focus of major sandbagging campaigns during the floods of 1997 and 2001.

“This is a big one to get done,’’ said Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski.

Had floodwaters been able to inundate the station, sanitary sewage would have backed up into homes throughout the west side of the community.

The new station will be built on a site west of the existing one, but at a higher elevation.

The city had obtained a federal Economic Development Agency grant totaling $1,512,000 for the project. The actual bid was higher than earlier estimates, and engineering costs and the need for a project contingency put the city nearly $400,000 short of the amount needed. The state of Minnesota’s flood mitigation program was able to commit $400,000 to make the project possible, Smiglewski said.

Tom Cherveny

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

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