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Published April 18, 2013, 05:04 PM

Oak Creek flood buyouts coming down

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More than a half dozen houses in the Oak Creek neighborhood are coming down.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More than a half dozen houses in the Oak Creek neighborhood are coming down.

The city bought out eight homes there and has hired contractors to tear them down, the first few homes already gone in the first day.

The entire demolition project should take five to seven days. The homes are being cleared to make way for a clay levee.

After all the homes are gone, the holes will be filled and the levee will go up. A six-foot trap bag will run down the center of the street to protect homes on the opposite side if necessary.

April Walker, Fargo City Engineer: “The long term plan, it is necessary to remove these houses. There's been about three years of study, and in that 14 different options laid out. There was an option that saved the homes, but the option that saved some homes had some risk to it."

New sewer valves have already gone in around the neighborhood to help with drainage during the flood.

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