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Published October 03, 2011, 10:17 PM

Moorhead homeowners hear more about proposed flood protection plans

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Tonight, Moorhead is inching closer to a large scale permanent city flood protection plan, but some homeowners are being left in limbo as city council members spar amongst one another about what plan to approve.

Tonight, Moorhead is inching closer to a large scale permanent city flood protection plan, but some homeowners are being left in limbo as city council members spar amongst one another about what plan to approve. For more than a month Moorhead has hashed out its plan to protect the city. The 7 proposed plans include home buyouts, backyard mitigation, flood walls and dikes, but after little progress was made on what exactly is to come for the city some homeowners just left tonight frustrated.

It's some clarity that Jim Rothlisberger was searching for at tonight’s city council meeting as to what protection plans mean to him. But like many others, he just didn't get it.

Jim Rothlisberger – Lives on River: "Nobody's going home with any reassurance that anything’s been done at all."

As council members pined over proposed options there was more disagreement than common ground.

Mark Altenburg – Moorhead City Council: "I think we go big and we go big now."

Nancy Otto – Moorhead City Council: "Let’s not waste staff time doing what we don't have the ability to deliver, right now."

This is what's on the table. The city is seriously looking at 4 of the 7 options: Base plan, which includes 54 buyouts and other measures at a cost of $19 million with homeowners paying $135 dollars per year in assessments; Plans A-C which include 93 buyouts and $412 worth a year of assessments for homeowner. The total cost is $37 million.

No decisions were made on any of the plans, but 4 of the 7 present members did vote to at least look at funding some of the plans, meaning if any of those plans come to a final vote after funding becomes a reality the plan will still need to be approved by 7 members to be passed.

Jim Rothlisberger: "If you're just the average citizen, you're just sitting out there confused."

But still for homeowners like Rothlisberger the longer he waits to see what will be means to protect his city, the uncertainly builds to see what this spring, will bring.

Jim Roethisberger: "Like most of us, we’re just waiting.”

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