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Flood meeting held


Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

After being flooded three times in as many weeks this summer, Spring Valley is looking at ways to prevent the same thing from happening in the future.

So last Monday, August 7, a host of local, state, and federal officials got together in Spring Valley to look at their options. Senator Kenric Scheevel, who organized the meeting, said at the outset that the day would be for foundation building, “to get people together to see what can be done.”

Terry Engle, of the Army Corps of Engineers, gave various options for the city. He cautioned that a preliminary study by the Corps could take up to a year and that any work on a flood control project could take over five years to begin. In the meantime he said structures in the flood plain that were most susceptible to flooding could be bought.

John Nicholson, of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), encouraged the city to seek a partnership with area farmers, an “alliance with the entire watershed,” as he called it. He said there were funds available through the US Congress for flood control projects. A preliminary study by the NRCS would take three to six months, he indicated.

After further input from other representatives, Spring Valley city officials determined their plan of action: 1) They will request NRCS to conduct a study to determine eligibility for a small watershed program. 2) Will work with Fillmore County officials to form a joint powers board to oversee flood mitigation activities. 3) Will submit a request to the Army Corps of Engineers to research long-term comprehensive flood control projects for the Root River.

After the meeting Senator Scheevel commented, “This meeting set the foundation. We got the community members and agencies to the table and we were successful in identifying and addressing the needs of the community. Every journey begins with a first step, and this is definitely a successful first step.”

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