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Published March 23, 2013, 05:37 PM

Minnesota officials meet with Oakport Township residents about flood

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead and Oakport Township are much better off for a flood today than they were in 2009. But there are still a few projects they need to complete that protection.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead and Oakport Township are much better off for a flood today than they were in 2009. But there are still a few projects they need to complete that protection.

Senator Kent Eken and Representative Ben Lien met with residents at Oakport Town Hall this morning.

They say they have requested a total of about $20 million to complete flood protection projects in the area. Odd years normally are not bonding years, but this year could be different.

Sen. Kent Eken, (D) District 04: "There's a lot of pressure to do one this year because of that pent-up demand, because we've only been doing partial bonding bills in recent years. Also, because interest rates are low, so we get a bigger bang for the buck. Construction costs are still much lower and we expect they're going to go up next year."

The biggest area of concern in Oakport is Broadway, where sandbags and levees are needed if waters get to 39 feet.

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