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Published October 12, 2011, 07:09 PM

Oxbow moving ahead with permanent flood protection

Oxbow, ND (WDAY TV) - Oxbow City Council members aren't waiting for a decision on the Red River Diversion. They have voted to move forward and finish up their own flood protection.

Oxbow City Council members aren't waiting for a decision on the Red River Diversion. They have voted to move forward and finish up their own flood protection.

The Oxbow City Council voted to put in $60,000 of its own money to wrap up permanent flood protection. Mayor Jim Nyhoff says starting next week, they'll patch up pieces missing from the dikes. Crews will tear up the golf course to connect the high spots here, with the rest of the dike system circling the golf course.

Mayor Jim Nyhoff - Oxbow: "We are one, we are in this together. And that helps."

It'll be the final step to protecting up to 9.18 feet above their flood level, which is the equivalent of Fargo's protection up to 44 feet.

Mayor Jim Nyhoff: "Until we know what's going to happen, until somebody comes with a checkbook, we gotta protect ourselves. Nobody is going to do that. Trying to do it with temporary measures doesn't make sense. The more permanent we can have, the less problems we have in the spring.

Community members wouldn't comment on camera. Oxbow Country Club wouldn't either, but says it's a win-win situation for the city and the course.

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