Georgetown mayor pushing for flood protectionGeorgetown, MN (WDAY TV) - Could a multi-million dollar project be the answer to Georgetown's ongoing flood problem? Mayor Traci Goble hopes to have a new dike built by November.
Could a multi-million dollar project be the answer to Georgetown's ongoing flood problem? Mayor Traci Goble hopes to have a new dike built by November.
It's the same scene year after year; people in Georgetown fighting floodwaters from the Buffalo, Red and Cheyenne Rivers.
Traci Goble – Georgetown Mayor: “Well you have to use your vacation time to fight the flood, you lose your wages at work otherwise. Kids can't get to school.”
So she's pushing for a $3.5 million dike to be built around Georgetown. The state already approved the funds. The city would pick up $72,000 of that cost. As long as there's no strong public opposition, the project is a go.
Traci Goble: “The water has gotten higher and we need to build higher."
The old dike varies in height from two to ten feet. It was built to beat back waters comparable in height to the 1997 flood. new dike will be two to three feet taller than the old dyke which is right here. It'll also be built farther away from the Buffalo River.
Mark Bosch works in Georgetown. He supports the project.
Mark Bosch – Works in Georgetown: “It'd help the town a lot. It would save a lot of people's houses and the town and what business they have."
Traci Goble: “We're only a community of 129. We can't keep fighting this flood.”
A fight that may soon be over.
Two storm water ponds will also be built within city limits to collect rainwater. A public hearing on the dike project is set for April 17th at 8pm at the Georgetown Community Center.