GEORGETOWN, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton administration’s wants $3 million to protect the tiny western Minnesota town of Georgetown from future floods.
Dayton amended an earlier public works proposal after visiting the town of 129 last weekend.READ MORE: Minnesotans Out Finding Fun Amid Cold Snap
The Forum reports the new $3 million is on top of $28 million Dayton already recommends for flood prevention in many areas of Minnesota, especially the Red River Valley.READ MORE: Man Gets 25 Years For Fatal Stabbing Near Jordan
Mayor Traci Goble says the Georgetown money would fund buyouts of 19 properties plus the construction of a permanent dike, at least 3 feet higher than the community’s existing levee.
Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers added a couple of feet of temporary clay to shore up Georgetown’s permanent levee system. Since then, the town has been a virtual island, surrounded by floodwaters from the Red and Buffalo rivers.MORE NEWS: Sabrina Spellman Makes An Appearance On The CW's Riverdale; Kiernan Shipka Reveals 'Fans Will Get Some Clarity'
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