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Published June 03, 2010, 08:54 AM

State agrees to help pay for permanent flood protection in Oxbow

Oxbow, ND (WDAY TV) - People in Oxbow will soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The state is agreeing to pay for permanent flood protection. This comes after a meeting between the Oxbow mayor and water commission in Bismarck.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

This is great news for homeowners in Oxbow. For the past two years, leaders have been trying to get state aid for flood control to no avail, until now.

The state is agreeing to pay 60 percent of the cost sharing for the half a million dollar project. Southeast Cass Water District is covering 80 thousand, along with interest paid for seven years.

The town is looking at how to pay for the rest. One option is selling some sewer lines back to the city of Fargo. The project will incorporate berms and dikes in between homes and low lying areas.

“As a city we just lost a tax base on 11 homes so we're a little upside down on the budget part of it and any funds we can get to help us protect from losing more homes is huge.”

The project will protect the town up to 42 feet or the height of highway 81. Construction will start within weeks, with completion by fall.