Despite the flood waters, Oslo residents not fazed by what they’ve seen before

Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 10:52 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - All around Oslo, MN, the roads are closed due to the flood waters. However, despite those circumstances, the residents in Oslo are taking it one step at a time because they’ve faced flooding in the past.

“You’re closed off from the rest of the world for up to one to two weeks.” said Scott Kosmatkas, the owner of the Kosmatkas Market in Oslo. “We’ve done this before a few different times. It’s always disheartening when the flood comes, it’s a lot of stress on everybody.”

According to Mayor Erika Martens, the town is doing well due to the permanent flood protection that is in place. While the systems have been around for years, Komatkas said that they revamped it around 10 years ago. Currently the national guard is helping the town get supplies in while the flood waters are still there.

“We’re doing really well,” said Mayor Martens. “Our permanent levee system is holding its own. We have 16 guard members in walking the levee and helping with any kind of services that we need with getting in and out of the town. We’re holding our own up here.”

While the town is essentially on an island due to the flood waters, the businesses in town remain open. According to the U.S. Census in 2020, there are 239 people that live in Oslo, and Komatkas appreciates the efforts the community has made while they face the floods once again.

“We support each other, as far as the businesses,” said Komatkas. “The restaurant supports me, I support the restaurant, the bar supports me and vice verse. So yeah, we all work together.”

There is no timetable on when the water will recede, but that could be impacted with rain in the forecast this week.

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