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One Northern Valley Town Should Soon Get A Big Break On Insurance

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  Residents of one northern valley town are getting some great news via a public notice today. The City of Crookston is announcing that most of its flood protection system should now be certified by this fall. It will all mean some giant savings on flood insurance premiums.

 The last buyout home was taken down this week and only a short section of Crookston’s levee system along downtown needs to be completed.

Pat Kelly, City of Crookston: “Took a little while longer than anticipated, because there were a number of people renting the house. To relocate them late, last year took a little bit of time.”

  However, the vast majority of the City’s levee system is already completed and should be certified by November.

 …getting to this stage of the project was no easy task. It actually took decades to get the funding, plan and finally finish construction of the project.

Pat Kelly, City of Crookston: “I think they’d been working since the mid 1980’s trying to secure flood protection. So, we’re 25 to 30-years into this.”

  The new certification will take hundreds of homes out of a hundred year flood plain into a 500 year flood plain.

  One Crookston resident I spoke with says, she’s been told her flood insurance premium will drop 80-percent, from 15-hundred to 300-dollars a year.

  Another resident, who’s home is paid for and wasn’t required to carry flood insurance says, they didn’t buy it before, but they might now.

Eloris Swift, Crookston: “We might, yes, because it was just outrages by the time you pay taxes and everything.”

  Plus, every Crookston resident who pays property taxes will see their special assessment for the flood protection project go away in 3 years. Crookston homeowners have been paying a specials assessment tax of 100 to 300-dollars a year for the flood protection project.

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