Oakport plans to be much more prepared for this year's floodingOakport Township, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The Township of Oakport has been a bull’s-eye for major flooding. This year, it plans to be much more prepared.
The township of Oakport is almost completed with its permanent dikes, but these won't protect everyone. In just under an hour, the Oakport Town Board plans to speak again about the possibility of a temporary levee being built through three subdivisions.
The levee would protect Crystal Creek, Crystal Creek North and McCann's Subdivisions up to 43 feet. In 2009, the river crested at just under 41-feet.
The township is nearly 70-percent done with its permanent dikes, which will protect areas up to 44 feet. The dike was built with the lowest, most vulnerable areas receiving priority.
GREG ANDERSON - Chair, Oakport Town Board: “The biggest thing is Oakport is in better position than we've ever been going into a flood, and if we see something similar to what we saw in 2009. It's going be night and day difference compared to what we went through then.”
Now, the neighborhoods would need to agree to pay for the temporary levee, which is expected to cost just under 3-thousand-dollars per homeowner if FEMA or the Army Corp does not step in.