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12 Years Later, Roseau Flood Protection Nears Completion

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   When President Obama signed off on a funding for a Fargo Diversion this month, it also assured completion of a flood protection project for Roseau, Minnesota.

    In June of 2002, the Roseau River overflowed its banks, flooded this town of 28-hundred residents and left behind a mountain of mud and heartache.

Man: “Moved over here in the mid-fifty’s, been here a long time.”

Reporter: “What did yo think when you walked in here?”

Man: “Just about cried….sob.”

  The Ness family also lost their home. That’s it behind me. There’s about five-feet of water….”

  It’s now 12-years later and folks in Roseau have rebuilt their homes and businesses. And finally, permanent flood protection is on the way.

Jack Swanson, Roseau: “In fact, in 2002 I don’t know that we thought there was ever going to be relief. And so yes, I think there’s a great sense of satisfaction.”

  In fact, only three-quarters of a mile of this four and a half mile diversion around the City is left to complete. Roseau could finally be risk free of spring and summer flooding,   if this diversion is connected to the Roseau River by this fall.

Jeff Pelowski, Roseau Mayor: “We’re hoping it get completed, at least the channel portion gets completed by this fall, which means there will be no more Springs to get through.”

  Today, just about every home and business in Roseau has been rebuilt and remodeled. Folks here are proud of their once again vibrant downtown. But, going through the maze of flood protection regulations and red tape was a long, tough road.

Jeff Pelowski, Roseau Mayor: “It just goes on and on and on. We’ve had a lot of good people working on this project and it will get done. It can’t come soon enough.”

  While Fargo-Moorhead just begins its long road to completion of a flood protection project, the long journey is wrapping up here, in Roseau, Minnesota.

    Actual completion of control structures in that Roseau diversion channel arena’t scheduled to be completed until the fall of next year. The total cost of the project will be 43-million dollars. Damage caused by the 2002 flood alone was 100-million dollars.

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