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Permanent Flood Protection Plans for Sheyenne River Valley

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The Sheyenne River valley hopes to be one step closer to guaranteed flood protection. Lisbon, Fort Ransom, and Valley City have all seen major flood events in the past, now they are hopeful, with the help from state funding, construction on permanent protection could start as soon as this spring.

It may look calm now, but city leaders in Valley City say the Sheyenne River can be anything but calm. After a major flood scare in 2009 and 2011, commissioners have been working with the Army Corps of Engineers, and State Water Commission to come up with a plan to protect much of the Sheyenne valley.

"We have to do something for Valley City, Fort Ransom and Lisbon."

The plan is permanent flood protection, which they've been working on already for three years. The city began phase one of the project last summer with buying out homes along College Street in Valley City which are located next to the river. Now, it's on to phase two and that's where the state legislature comes in.

"It would involve flood walls, clay levees and capitalize on buyouts."

The Sheyenne valley flood control group has asked the legislature for $20 million dollars this session to start the next step.

"We did receive money for buyouts State Water Commission knows what's going on here."

The flood control group is hopeful the project will get started by next spring in hopes to be one step closer to permanent protection.

"It's very important we get this. It will reduce fear from families wanting to be here."

The total cost of the project is expected to be around $60 million dollars and will consist of up to 9 different phases.  City leaders hope hope to have it complete by 2021.

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