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Published March 23, 2012, 06:08 PM

Flood-prone Oslo, MN, Has First Dry Spring in 4 Years

OSLO, MN (WDAZ-TV) - For the first time in four years Oslo, Minnesota is not flooded, meaning people don't need boats to get to and from town.

OSLO, MN (WDAZ-TV) - For the first time in four years Oslo, Minnesota is not flooded, meaning people don't need boats to get to and from town.

For about a two week period in the spring, driving from home to the interstate is not an option for folks in Oslo.

But this year people are relieved to have that simple luxury of driving a car to and from town.

During the spring, it's a rare sight to *not* see roads engulfed by the Red River.

"It's not if we're going to have a flood, its just how large its going to be," said Tim Gowan, the owner of an Oslo Motorcycle Shop.

The mild winter has been a blessing, but Oslo firefighters and rescue crews are always prepared.

"It's pretty much part of life here," said Oslo Firefighter, Bo Ruport.

Oslo workers are moving the town levy back. The town held a house auction earlier this year to get the process underway to protect the town in the future.

But after the '97 floods nothing can really scare them.

"There's not too much that spooks us anymore," said Oslo Firefighter, Eric Nice.

Although it's raining today, and some ditches around town are filling up with water, the water surrounding the town or lack there of is nowhere near where it usually is.

"Right now its a lot less stressful, the stress level is way down, we are normally running around with our heads cut off," said Oslo Mayor, Scott Kosmatka.

So folks can breathe a big sigh of relief.

Easy feeling on all the citizens," said Kosmatka.

"Well spring ain't done yet," said Nice.

For now at least.

"Wonderful, its wonderful not to have a flood this year," said Gowan.

Workers have already begun moving those houses that were sold during the auction. They plan to break ground to move the levy sometime in June.

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